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------------------------------------------------------------------------------Anastasia

Music: Stephen Flaherty


Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens
Premiere: 1997
------------------------------------------------------------------------------FADE IN:
on a well-worn PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM. An
ELDERLY WOMAN'S
HAND touched the album, caressing it
lovingly for a
moment, as WE HEAR her voice.
TATIANA (O.C.)
Once we lived in an enchanted
world. . .
She opend the ALBUM to reveal a BLACK
AND WHITE
PHOTOGRAPH of the PALACE AT ST.
PETERSBERG on a

brilliant summer day.


TATIANA (CONT)
A world of Tsars and Princesses
and elegant palaces. . .
CAMERA MOVES CLOSER TO the picture. . .
TATIANA (CONT)
and grand parties. . .
The PHOTO dissolves into REALITY in
brilliant color as
the day turns into night and the summer
cools into
winter. We see the palace at night,
blanketed in a
beautiful, almost glowing, snow as
hourse drawn carriages
pull up to the front door.
TATIANA (CONT)
A beautiful, magical time. . .
MOVE INTO THE PALACE

TATIANA (CONT)
That would soon be gone
forever. . .
INT. PALACE AT ST. PETERSBERG - NIGHT
Elegant ROYALISTS mingle around the MAIN
HALL as an
ORCHESTRA plays.
All eyes turn to the GLASS DOORS OF TWO
ELEVADORS which
descend grandly on either side of a
beautiful staircase.
Through the glass doors we see TATIANA,
the Dowager
Empress, 60, imperious and bedecked with
jewels, she is
seemingly unapproachable. TSAR NICHOLAS
and his SON are
with her. In the other elevador,
ALEXANDRA and her
daughters - well, all her daughters
except. . .

ANASTASIA, eight years old and


apparently late for the
party, rushes down the upstairs hallway
followed by a
SERVENT (SONYA) 16, who is trying to
catch up with
Anastasia to tie a large ribbon in her
long, dark hair.
SONYA
(whispering)
Princess Anastasia - you're
late and it's all my fault!
ANASTASIA
Don't worry, Sonya, no one'll
notice. . .
Just then, Sonya lassoes the ribbon
around her hair,
stopping Anastasia with a
ANASTASIA
(loudly)

. . . owwwwwwwww!
All eyes turn to Anastasia, who once she
realizes that
she's the center of attention, flashes a
mischievous
smile and descends the staircase in
grand style. As the
ribbon falls out of her hair and down
her back,
Anastasia kicks it to Sonya without
breaking stride.
Tatiana sees her and can't help but
smile.
The music suddenly becomes a FLOURISH OF
TRUMPETS.
SERVENTS open the elevador doors as the
ROYAL FAMILY
steps out and begins a proccession
through their
subjects. Tatiana holds out her arm to
Anastasia as she
makes it to Tatiana's side just in time.

Anastasia has
a beautiful but slightly impish face,
dominated by
large, blue, mischievous eyes. She an
abundance of
energy and confidence for a girl her
age.
<u>"THE RULARS OF RUSSIA" (OPENING
NUMBER)
The elegant guests sing their admiration
as the
beautiful and happy Romanov family makes
it's entrance
into the ball, they're "the pride of all
Russia".
Vladimir invites Sophie to dance and the
entire
glittering assembly assembly swings into
a GLORIOUS SWEEPING
WALTZ. Singing their certainty that the
Romanovs will
rule forever.</u>

During the above, the ball is in full


swing. Beautiful
COUPLES swirls across the dance floor,
including
Anastasia dancing gracefully with her
father.
Under a long buffet table, we see
DMITRI, 11, darkly
handsome, dressed in ragged servant
clothes, with a
shock of dark hair which continuoually
falls accross his
eyes as watches the guest enviously.
Anastasia, still
waltzing with her father, sees him.
SERVENTS cross the
room carrying a trays of BEAUTIFUL
TROPICAL FRUIT. The
guests "Ew" and "ah" at the sumptuous
fruit. Anastasia
sees Dmitri eyeing it hungrily and
without missing a
dance step, she grabs an orange off thr
tray and tosses

it to Dmitri. He catches it and smiles


broadly at her.
Suddenly, A HAND grabs Dmitri and pulls
him out from
under the table. It's IVAR, the HEAD
SERVENT, who pulls
Dmitri into an open wall panel.
IVAR
(angrily)
You're a servent! Never forget
your place!
DMITIRI
(defiant)
Someday my place will be out
there!
IVAR
Never! You're a peasant,
Dmitri! Back in the kitchen
<u>RULARS OF RUSSIA (CONT.)

UNDERSCORE CONTINUES as Dmitri is


dragged from his
hiding place under the table and back to
the kitchen.
It's like the Moscow circus back there,
COMIC MUSICAL
CONFUSION. The servants sing about their
demanding
employers and mockingly imitate their
behavior: they
imply that they have their own "party",
that change is
coming.
While back in the ballroom, the
Royalists are
oblivious to the servants discontent and
sing their
satisfaction with their own lives.
DRAMATIC UNDERSCORE CONTINUES though the
following
scenes.</u>
ON TATIANA

in a large throne-like chair. Tatiana is


very serious
and very regal. She slides over to make
room for
Anastasia who sits next to her.

TATIANA
Why were you so late tonight
ANASTASIA
I was showing Sonya
something . . .
TATIANA
What were you showing her?
ANASTASIA
(sheepishly)
How to read.
TATIANA
I thought you were told not to
tutor your servants anymore.

ANASTASIA
I know, but I had to because . . .
Anastasia looks up at Tatiana and sees
her smile with
pride. Anastasia knows she doesn't have
to explain.
ANASTASIA
(cuddling)
Oh, Grandmama, why do you have
to go back to Paris?
TATIANA
It's where I've made my home
but I do have something for
you . . .
Tatiana reaches from behind the chair
and brings out a
beautiful MUSIC BOX. Tatiana takes the
key, a small
silver and enamel flower, on a silver
neck chain and

winds it up. MUSIC BEGINS, she hands


Anastasia the key.
CLOSE UP
the key bearing the inscription
"Together in Paris".
ANASTASIA
"Together in Paris"! Oh, when
can we be "together in Paris?!
TATIANA
When you're older . . .
Anastasia makes a disgruntled face.
Tatiana laughs.

TATIANA
Until then, whenever you hear
this song, think of me and know
that I'm waiting for you.
Tatiana puts the key around Anastasia's

neck and they


embrace. Then, suddenly . . .
ON THE GRAND CHANDELIER
the lights begin to fade in and out.
GROUP SHOT
as PEOPLE in the ballroom look around
bewildered. Then,
a WHIRLWIND kicks up, sending everyone
off the dance
floor, as the whirlwind becomes a
TORNADO.
Suddenly, an ALBINO BAT (BARTOK) with
huge eyes, springs
out of the funnel, screeching and
swooping over the
crowd, causing everyone to duck and
cover their heads in
fear.
The tornada reaches it's peak and

EXPLODES in smoke leaving RASPUTIN standing alone in the


middle of the
floor. He is of indeterminate age,
towering over other
men in the room, his most striking
feature are his eyes
- which at this moment are burning a
fiery red. He is
dressed in a flowing black monk's robe
with a satin rope
tied around his waist. Connected to the
rope is a
glowing RELIQUARY, a mystical lantern.
VARIOUS SHOTS
of Nicholas, Alexandra, Sophie and
Vladimir, Dmitri
peeking out ofthe wallpanel, Tatiana and
Anastasia,
all of whom are frightened.
NICHOLAS

as he gathers his son and wife to his


side
NICHOLAS
Rasputin! You're alive . . .
RASPUTIN
(advancing)
Despite being shot, poisoned
and thrown into an icy river . . .
YES!
NICHOLAS
(honestly)
I had nothing to do with it!
RASPUTIN
You gave the orders!
NICHOLAS
I did no such thing!
RASPUTIN
After all I've done for your
family - YOU TRIED TO KILL

MEEEEEE ! ! !
Rasputin swings the reliquary, wrapping
himself in smoke
which seems to grow larger. Eerie
moaning noises come
from the reliquary. PEOPLE back awayin
terror.
RASPUTIN (CONT.)
The Romanov dynasty ends here!
You, your wife and children
will all die within the
fortnight!
ANASTASIA
NO!
Anastasia leaves Tatiana and rushes to
stand in front of
her father. Still holding her Music Box,
Anastasia's
shaking hands are the only thing that
gives away her
fear. Rasputin spins toward the voice.

ANASTASIA
We're not afraid of you!
RASPUTIN
(furious)
You . . . my little babushka . . .
you'll be so much fun to kill
that I'll save you for last!
Twirling the reliquary again, the MOANS
grow louder as
Bartok circles around his head. The
smoke that emerges
seems to have almosy a human shape to
it.
RASPUTIN
THIS IS THE END OF THE ROMANOV
LINE - FOREVER !!!!
The tornada of smoke begins again,
whipping into a
frenzy and then EXPLODING.

The smoke clears and Rasputin is gone.


As the lights
return to normal the Romanov family all
stand together,
and try to look regal and in control
once again.
TATIANA (O.C.)
Some say Rasputin ad harnessed
all the dark powers of evil and
that it was his curse which
brought about the end . . .
DISSOLVE TO:
the ROMANOV FAMILY fades into a PORTRAIT
OF THE FAMILY.
TATIANA (O.C.)
I will never know for sure.
All I do know is that the
beauty of our world was soon
Gone . . . Forever . . .
a lick of BRIGHT ORANGE FLAME creeps

into view.
<u>"RULERS OF RUSSIA" (VOCAL REPRISE)
HUGE, OMINOUS VOCALS reprise the
onceglorious watlz
of the Romanovs, heralding the end of
their world and
underscoring the coming revolution.</u>
PULL BACK
to see the PORTRAIT, a huge FRIEZE which
covers an
entire entire wall, singeing as the
FLAME creeps up the nearby
drapery, tinting the room in a red glow.
A SCREAMING MOB, some in uniform, some
not, has crashed
into the palace and is heading up the
stairs. A few in
the mob fire off orange RIFLE SHOTS.
INT. ANASTASIA'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Anastasia BOLTS UP, hearing the shots.


Her music box is
next to her on her nightstand.
INT. HALLWAY - NIGHT
Mass confusion as the MOB is met by a
few SERVANTS, who
try to stop them from advancing. More
shots.
ON THE ROMANOV'S
still in nightclothes, are being rushed
down the
hallway. Tatiana is next to Anastasia as
Anastasia
stopsdead in her tracks.
ANASTASIA
My music mox!
Anastasia turns around and runs back
down the hall.

Tatiana tries to stop her.


TATIANA
Anastasia, no!
It's too late, Anastasia fights her way
back into her
room, with Tatiana following her.
FROM THE OTHER END OF THE HALLWAY
we see Dmitri watching amidst all the
confusion.
INT. ANASTASIA'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
Anastasia grabs her music box as Tatiana
rushes in.
TATIANA
Hurry, child!
LOUD RIFLE SHOTS are heard as Dmitri
bursts into the
room, closing the door behind him.

DMITRI
No - this way!
Dmitri runs to a wall panel and thows
his weight
against it. It opens, revealing a
passage way.
DMITRI (CONT.)
Go! Run!! Out the servant's
quarters!
Tatiana, enormously grateful, looks at
Dmitri as he
flips his hair out of his face
unconsciously.
DMITRI
Go!
Tatiana goes in as Dmitri shoves
Anastasia toward the
passageway, knocking the music box out
of her hand. She

reaches for it, but hearing the mob


voices growing
closer, he pushes her through the panel
without it.
DMITRI (CONT.)
Go!
Tatiana quickly follows Anastasia into
the passageway
and Dmitri closes the panel JUST AS the
mob bursts in.
DMITRI (CONT.)
(lying to the mob)
No one's here! Let's try the
next room!
The MOB, accepts the word of a peasant
boy and rushes
out. Dmitri picks up the music box and
looks sadly
toward the panel.
EXT. TRAIN STATION - NIGHT

Which is under siege by ROYALISTS trying


to board the
overcrowded train and the
REVOLUTIONARIES who are trying
to stop them.
A TOURING CAR pulls up RIGHT ON THE
TRACKS behind the
caboose as the train starts to pull
away.
Tatiana and Anastasia climb out of the
car and race for
the train, fighting their way through
the frenzied and
frightened crowd. WE HEAR shouts of "The
Empress - let
her through!" which helps clear the way.
Anastasia reaches the train first, then
turns to see
Tatiana. trying to catch up.
ANASTASIA

Hurry, Grandmama!
TATIANA
Get on! Anastasia, get on!
Anastasia refuses to board the train.
UP AHEAD
A MOB OF REVOLUTIONARIES block the
tracks with a TRUCK
ON ANASTASIA
who pushes Tatiana up the stairs of the
caboose. This
puts Anastasia a few steps behind as the
train speeds
up. Tatiana is gripped by other
passengers as she
reaches out to Anastasia.
TATIANA
Grab my hand!

Anastasia reaches up and takes Tatiana's


hand.
ANASTASIA
Don't let go!
CLOSE ON
the TWO HANDS. then suddenly. her small
hand is pulled
from Tatiana's grasp and falls out of
the frame.
TATIANA (O.C.)
ANASTASIA!
ON ANASTASIA
who has stumbled, hitting the ground
hard.
ON TATIANA
horrified, screaming:

TATIANA
ANASTASIA!
Tatiana rushes to jump off the train
after her, but is
caught and held back by the ROYALIST
PASSANGERS as the
train CRASHES through the truck and
picks up speed.
TATIANA's POV:
Anastasia rising from the ground, her
hand outstretched.
But she is suddenly swallowed up by the
mob.
SUPERIMPOSE:
A BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPH
of Anastasia, in a happier time,
smiling.
<u>UNDERSCORE: "THE MUSIC BOX THEME"</u>

TATIANA (O.C.)
I never saw her again. . .
The PHOTO ALBUM slowly closes. . .
<u>END OPENING NUMBER</u>
DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. ORPHANAGE - DAY
A gray and ugly, post-revolution
building with a sign
above the door that identifies it:
"Young Comrades
Without Parents".
INT. ORPHANAGE - DAY
CHILDREN of all ages clean the cold,
gray dormitory.
Their clothes are ragged and they look
underfed.
CLOSE ON

ANYA, 18, pretty despite the boy's handme-down clothes


she is forced to wear, is busy scrubbing
the floor.
Unlike the others, she is determined not
to let her
surroundings get to her. She hums a
tune.
The door suddenly SLAMS open and GREGOR,
8, and clearly
terrified, comes running in followed by
COMRADE
PHLEGMENKOF - a huge woman carrying a
switch.
GREGOR
Anya! Anya!
All of the OTHER KIDS turn away, not
wanting to get
involved. Anya focuses on Gregor, who is
shivering with
fright and on the verge of tears as

Phlegmenkof
approaches, swinging the switch
menacingly.
PHLEGMENKOF
You can't get away from me
now . . .
Phlegmenkof advances on Gregor. Anya
takes the scrub
brush and SHOVES it across the floor,
right under
Phlegmenkof's unsuspecting foot.
Phlegmenkof's feet fly
out from under her and she SMASHES to
the floor. Gregor
hops over her huge body and runs to Anya
for safety.
Some of the OTHER KIDS glance over. A
CHUBBY GIRL and a
very pretty LITTLE GIRL, look at Anya
with greeat
admiration . . . someof the OTHERS think
she's crazy.

Phlegmenkof rises, covered with soap


bubbles , and spins
on Anya - who gives her a very innocent
smile.
PHLEGMENKOF (CONT.)
You! You did this!
Some of the
bubbles fly
the enraged
her back to

OTHER CHILDREN laugh as soap


off
woman. She spins on them,
Anya.

PHLEGMENKOF (CONT.)
Brats! There'll be no supper
for any of you! Back to work!
Anya, behind Phlegmenkof, mimics her
outraged face and
angry gestures perfectly - as the
CHILDREN laugh harder.
Phlegmenkof spins and <u>almost</u>
catches Anya. She advances

on Anya as Gregor hides behind her legs.


ANYA
Don't touch him.
PHLEGMENKOF
(to Anya)
You ragged, skinny, little
nothing! I have had just about
enough of you . . .
Phlegmenkof raises her hand to slap
Anya, who hold her
ground. Suddenly, Phlegmenkof SNIFFS the
air.
ON THE KIDS
as the horrible smell reaches them too.
They all make
faces and hold their noses.
ON PHLEGMENKOF
who first sniffs under her raised arm,

then realized the


cause of the stench . . .
PHLEGMENKOF (CONT.)
Comrade Serebreakov!
She tries to straighten herself out
nervously - this
must be someone very important.
COMRADE SEREBREAKOV stands in the
doorway, lecherously
eyeing the girls. He is a huge, fleshly
man with facial features which are
reminiscent of a fish.
PHLEGMENKOF (CONT.)
(flirting)
Comrade Serebreakov! What a
lovely surprise! What brings
you here?
SEREBREAKOV
I need. . . a worker.

His eye catches Anya. He looks her up


and down, his
beady eyes showing a touch of lust for
her.
SEREBREAKOV (CONT.)
I will take her.
He leans close close to Anya.
SEREBREAKOV (CONT.)
Tomorrow you begin your life's
work in my hearing factory.
You'll start by cutting off the
tails - but if I'm pleased with
(MORE)
SEREBREAKOV (CONT.)
you - you just may move up to
cutting off the heads. How
does that sound?
ANYA
About as bad as you smell!

Phlegmenkof moves between them, pulling


Serebreakov
away.
PHLEGMENKOF
No, no, Comrade - you don't
want her . . .
SEREBREAKOV
I want her.
PHLEGMENKOF
That's horrible, skinny thing?!
She's crazy - she has no memory
of anything before she came
here! She didn't even know her
name! That one is a rotten
troublemaker, willful. . .
SEREBREAKOV
I'll break her will. . .
(to Anya)
I shall come for you tomorrow
at dawn.
(he touches her face as

she pulls away)


You will enjoy serving under
me.
Smiling in anticipation, he exit.
PHLEGMENKOF
I couldn't break you - but he
can!
And she turns to leave in a huff. Anya
does one more
imitation of her, making the CHILDREN
laugh. But as
Anya turns away from her audience, we
see her facade
fade and realize her terror of the
future.

INT. ORPHANAGE - NIGHT


The CHILDREN huddle in their cots under
tattered, thin
blankets. Anya is fully dressed,

illuminated by the
light of a FULL MOON, she ties a dull
gray sheets together
and anchors the "rope" to an ice cold
radiator and
throws the other end out of the window.
She is about to
climb out when she looks at the sleeping
children and
smiles sadly. She walks over to Gregor's
bed and puts
one hand lovingly on his head and then
reaches over and
takes the hand of a sleeping LITTLE
GIRL, who opens her
eyes and smiles.
GREGOR
(loudly)
Anya?
The other childern wake up as Anya
gently "shushes" him.

GREGOR (CONT.)
(quietly)
Are you running away?
ANYA
No. I'm running <u>to</u>.
LITTLE GIRL
Running to? Running to what?
ANYA
To find my home.
A CHUBBY TWELVE YEAR OLD GIRL looks at
Anya.
CHUBBY GIRL
But you are home.
ANYA
No. This isn't a home - it's
just a building. Home is where
you belong and none of us
belong here.

GREGOR
Where is your home, Anya?
ANYA
I'm not sure but look. . .
Anya shows Gregor the key around her
neck.
CLOSE UP on the inscription: "Together
in Paris"
ANYA
It says "Together in Paris". I
was wearing this when I came
here ten years ago - it's the
only way that I know . . .
ANYA (CONT.)
(beat)
. . . that I must have been
someone someone loved.
CHUBBY GIRL
Is your home in Paris?

ANYA
It might be. I have to go and
find out.
Anya smiles lovingly at the children.
<u>"A SOMEPLACE AND A SOMEONE"
(Anya's "I want" song). Anya SINGS
SOFTLY to the
children about how all she has is the
key around her
neck to the "someone and thesomeplace"
she was "lost
from long ago". She tells the children
that she must go
find them again.</u>
UNDERSCORE continues.
ANYA
I have to go now, before it
gets light.
GREGOR

(worried)
But what if we can't ever find
where we came from?!
ANYA
Then you'll have to make your
own home. Lots of people do.
Anya embraces the children and walks to
the window.
GREGOR
(nervous, sad)
Anya! What if <u>we</u> can't find
anyone who loves us?!
ANYA
Then come find me.
Gregor is relieved and cuddles into his
bed as Anya
smiles lovingly and crawls out the
window.
EXT. ORPHANAGE - NIGHT

Anya begins to climb down the street,


testing the knots.
The knotshold tight, but the old sheet
RIPS in half,
sending her PLUMMETING into a snow
drift. From the
depths of the snow we HEAR her voice.
ANYA (O.C.)
I hope there's no snow in
Paris. . .
EXT. HILLSIDE - DAWN
A glorious bright (and cold) dawn creeps
over the
horizon. Anya stands at edge of the
hill, looking
down on the city of ST.PETERSBURG. The
old gray
orphanage looms behind her. Anya
"borrows" an old,
beat-up bicycle from the orphanage and
rides down the

hill.
Music picks up in energy and excitement
as Anya zooms on
her way bumping and bouncing downhill as
the sunrises
and St. Petersburg looms nearer.
<u>"A SOMEONE AND A SOMEPLACE" (CONT.)
Music becomes UPTEMPO, HOPEFUL, ACTIVE,
ACTIVE. Anya SINGS - full of hope, energy and excitement as
she peddls her
rickety bike toward the city. "Her heart
is on its way"
and nothing is going to stop her.</u>
Anya passes though the countryside
toward the city. A
peasant family waves to her as she goes
by. A Gypsy
Troupe performs tricks by the side of
the road. A very
fancy car zooms by.

<u>"A SOMEONE AND A SOMEPLACE" (CONT.)


Anya SINGS, imagining who she might be
-- anyone from
a peasant to a princess! But it doesn't
matter as long
as she finds her real family.</u>
People stare at her as she rides into
the edge of the
city. She is captivated by all the
activity: cars,
busses, stores, long lines of people,
etc.
<u>"A SOMEONE AND A SOMEPLACE" (CONT.)
Anya SINGS -- in this sea faces, there
must be
someone who has a clue to her identity.
She'll stop at
nothing to find the someone who once
loved her. SOARING
MUSICAL AND VOCAL CONCLUSION.

END MUSICAL NUMBER</u>


Anya does not see a cute little PUPPY
(MEETOO) with a
HUGE BONE in his mouth, being chased
along the sidewalk
by a pack of much larger, vicious DOGS
until he bolts
across Anya's path forcing her to skid
to a stop. She
watched him as he scoots into an alley,
followed by the
angry pack.
On reflex, Anya drops the bike and reuns
into the alley
after him.
EXT. ALLEY - DAY
Meetoo is trapped. The PACK surrounds
him, ready to
pounce when Anya LEAPS into the middle
of the circle.
The PACK is startled, but begins to

advance on both Anya


and Meetoo.
Anya doesn't know what to do. She
crouches and then. . .
growls back at them, making her eyes
look as ferocious
as possible. The PACK exchange a
confused look; there's
a girl growling at them. Meetoo stands,
suddenly brave,
behind her and growls along with her.
Suddenly, Anya pounced toward the pack,
growling louder.
The pack has definately had enough some start to back
out quizzically, others turn and run
like hell.
Anya turns to Meetoo, who looks up at
her gratefully,
wagging his tail. Anya picks up the bone
and puts it
back in his mouth.

ANYA
I think you should be more
careful about who you invite to
dinner!
Meetoo nods and lets out a little "bark"
that sounds as
if he were saying "retu". Anya pats him
and heads back
to her bike.
EXT. ST. PETERSBURG STREET - DAY
Anya rides down the street. She doesn't
see Meetoo,
running like a little maniac behind her.
Anya approaches a STERN LOOKING BUILDING
with a sign
over the door: "The People's Bureau of
Bureaucracy".
She leaps off her bike and heads up the
stais. Meetoo,

breathing heavily from his run, follows


and almost
reaches her when the heavy door slams in
his face. He
slumps against it, panting, his little
paw-to chest.
INT. BUREAU OF BUREAUCRACY - DAY
Anya enters and STOPS when she sees. . .
LINES and LINES
of people which seem to go on forever.
She walks down
the side of one line, trying to figure
out which one to
stand in.
ANYA
Could someone tell me. . .
PEASANT 1
End of the line!
ANYA
Which line?

PEASANT 2
Any line.
PEASANT 3
All lines are good lines.
PEASANT 1, 2, & 3
(in unison)
In our beloved Soviet Union!
They turn toward an armed Soviet Guard
and smile
sweetly, hoping he heard their flattery.
He did.
GUARD
Very good. . .
He jots something down in his notebook.
ON ANYA
as she gets closer to the window. She
turns to the

person behind her.


ANYA
Is this the right line to get
papers to travel?
PEASANT 4
Travel? Travel to where?
ANYA
To Paris. I have to get to
Paris
PEASANT 5, in front of her, turns
around.
PEASANT 5
Paris?! What do they have in
Paris that they don't have
here?
PEASANT 6
Shorter lines?!
Peasant 6 is immediately carted off by

TWO ARMED GUARDS


for his blasphamy against the state.
PEASANT 7
(quietly)
Nobody leaves Soviet Russia.
The OTHER PEASANTS join in with
variations of "Nobody
leaves Russia" as Anya reaches the
window and speaks to
the clerk.
ANYA
Is this where I get traveling
papers?
CLERK
It would be if we let you
travel which we don't so it
isn't.
(loudly, for all to
hear)
Russia is the people's
paradise!

And to further make his point, he slams


shut his window,
which immediately opens a crack as he
whispers to Anya.
CLERK (CONT.)
See Dmitri. He can help.
He shuts the window, only to open it
again immediately.
CLERK (CONT.)
But you didn't hear it from me.
He shuts the window.
ANYA
(doesn't get it)
I didn't
He opens it again.
CLERK
No.

The clerk sticks out a sign: "Samovar


Break - back in
ten minutes" and slams the window shut.
EXT. BUREAU OF BUREAUCRACY
Anya steps out of the building, still
not seeing Meetoo
and looks around at the hoards of people
waiting in
lines for everything: bread, gas,
clothes, etc.
ANYA
(to herself)
Dmitri? There must be a
million Dmitris. . .
FOLLOW ANYA
as she wades into the crowded street.
Meetoo getting
tangled in the legs of waiting Soviets.

Anya stops suddenly. She sniffs the air.


Her eyes
widen as she recognizes the stench that
is floating
through the air. She spins around and
sees Serebreakov
DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET.
Serebreakov is on a mission to find
Anya. He turns in
her direction just as a bus passes. Anya
is gone.
We now see Anya clinging to the side of
the bus as it
drives down the street. Meetoo looks,
his face dropping
- he knows he'll never catch up to her
now. Then he
sees the bus hit a huge pothole and Anya
is knocked off
into the mud. Happily, Meetoo trots off
in her
direction.

Anya approaches TWO PEASANTS who are


waiting in line in
front of a cafe.
PEASANT 9
(to Peasant 10)
Which line is this?
PEASANT 10
The line to get into the line.
ANYA
Excuse me, do you know
Dmitri. . .
PEASANT 9
I know nothing!
PEASANT 10
Nothing!
PEASANTS 9 & 10
(whispering
simultaneously)
Try the tavern/ library.

They begin to bicker back and forth in


forced whispers
as to wether Dmitri is at the tavern or
the library.
Exasperated, Anya walks away. They call
after her.
PEASANTS9& 10
But we didn't tell you!
Anya rolls her eyes in frustration. She
doesn't see
Meetoo at her feet.
ANYA
(To herself)
I wish they'd all stop telling
me they didn't tell me!
Meetoo gives a "retu" of agreement. Anya
looks down and
sees him.
ANYA (CONT.)

What are you doing. . .


Just then, she catches another whiff of
something foul
in the air. Anya duck quickly into a
doorway and loses
Meetoo. Anya peeks out. A GARBAGE WAGON
full of dead
fish and rotten food passes Anya. She
sighs with relief,
it wasn't Serebreakov - it just smelled
like him.
Anya steps out of the doorway and
approaches a STREET
ARTIST sketching a LARGE PEASANT WOMAN
as her TINY
HUSBAND looks over his shoulder.
TINY HUSBAND
(To Artist)
Could you get rid of her
moustache?
ANYA

Excuse me - I'm looking for a


man named Dmitri. . .
The Artist quickly scribbles and address
on his pad and
hands it to her without turning around.
ARTIST
But I didn't write it.
Anya looks down at the note
CLOSE ON NOTE
"St. Petersburg Art Theatre - 99 Pushkin
Street"
DISSOLVE TO
A SIGN
"Pushkin Street"
CAMERA PANS TO:
EXT. ST. PETERSBURG ART THEATRE - DAY

Where WE HEAR a cacophony of FEMALE


VOICES as the camera
moves inside.
INT. ST. PETERSBURG ART THEATRE
The waiting room is filled with YOUNG
WOMEN, of various
shapes and sizes, holding reading aloud
from a piece of
paper. WE HEAR many variations of "Oh,
Grandmama! It's
me, Anastasia. I've waited so long to
see you".
INT. STAGE
An ACTRESS stands in front of what looks
to be an OLD
WOMAN in a shawl who's back is to the
"audience".
ACTRESS 1
(over the top)

Oh, Grandmama! It's me,


Anastasia! I've waited so
long to see you!
The Actress then LUMBERS over to the OLD
WOMAN, with a
gait like John Wayne.
REVERSE ANGLE
to see the "Old Woman" is Vladimir, with
a shawl over
his head. He looks older, of course, but
with the same
dapper mustache. He rolls his eyes.
VLADIMIR
(out to audience)
Dmitri! I can not work with
her!
(MORE)
VLADIMIR (CONT.)
(to Actress)
May I remind you that you are

supposed to be Princess - not a


lazy lumbering lout!
IN THE SEATS
is Dmitri. Now 20 and darkly handsome.
His hair still
falling in his eyes as he flips it off
his forehead.
DMITRI
Vladimir, calm down!
Vladimir walks off the stage and toward
Dmitri.
VLADIMIR
This, my friend, as an exercise
in futility! We shall never
find a girl to play the
Princess Anastasia out of this
motley crew of commoners!
Vladimir dramatically throws one end of
his shawl over

his shoulder.
DMITRI
For a ten million rubles reward
we can look a little longer.
This is the big one. . . and all
I need is the right girl.
<u>"A SOMEONE AND A SOMEPLACE" (REPRISE
(Dmitri's "I want") Dmitri SINGS a
reprise of Anya's
song, a COMIC VERSION, in which he
expresses the hope
that he can find the right girl for his
scam. Anyone
from a peasant to a princess will do, as
long as she can
fool Tatiana.</u> <u>(NOTE: We don't
want to give Dmitri a
whole new song here or we'll be too
song-heavy in Act I.
By giving him a short reprise of Anya's
song, we can
effectively align these two characters

emotionally.)</u>
QUICK CUTS:
of various aspirants:
ACTRESS 2
(heavy hasal)
Oh, Grandmama! It's me,
Anastasia. I've waited so long
to see you.
DMITRI (O.C.)
Next!
ACTRESS 3
(stupid)
Oh. . . Grandmama it's me.
Anastasia, I have waited so
long, too.
(as a good-bye)
See you!
DMITRI (O.C.)
Next!

ACTRESS 4 looks like a hooker and sounds


like Mae West.
ACTRESS 4
Oh. . . Grandmama. . . It's me. . .
DMITRI (O.C.)
Next!
BACK TO DMITRI
DMITRI
I wouldn't be on the outside
anymore. The ten million
rubles would make me welcome
anywhere. I'd really belong
somewhere - if I could just
find the right girl.
BACK TO QUICK CUTS:
A very round ACTRESS 5
ACTRESS 5

Oh, Grandmama. . .
DMITRI (O.C.)
Next!
ACTRESS 6
(very intense)
What's my modivation?
ON VLADIMIR
VLADIMIR
(calling out to seats)
Stanislavski!
CUT TO STANISLAVSKI
shrugs innocently.
DMITRI (O.C.)
Next!
ACTRESS 7 is actually a man.
ACTRESS 7

Oh. . .
ON DMITRI
in a state of disbelief.
DMITRI
I've gotta find the right girl!
<u>END MUSICAL NUMBER</u>
DMITRI
Next.
EXT. ST. PETERSBURG ART THEATRE
Anya rides up to front of the theatre
and drops her
bike. She rushes the steps.
INT. THEATRE
now empty as Dmitri and Vladimir are
gathering up their
things to leave. Vladimir still wears

the remnants of
the evening clothes that he worein the
first scene.
VLADIMIR
It's no use, Dmitri - we'll
never find the right girl!
DMITRI
We will. We <u>have</u> to.
(trying to cheer him
up)
Come on, Vlad - she's out
there.
They walk out the door.
EXT. ST. PETERSBURG ART THEATRE CONTINUOUS
DMITRI
She could be right under our
nose
Anya is running up the stairs as Dmitri

walks out and


they COLLIDE: her forehead banging
Dmitri literally
under his nose. Dmitri grabs his upper
lip in pain.
DMITRI
(over reacting)
Ouch! That really hurt!
ANYA
I'm sorry. . . I'm. . .
DMITRI
That's quite a hard head you've
got there, boy.
In her old hand-me-down boys clothes
andhat pulled low,
she could easily be mistaken for a boy.
ANYA
(breathless)
I'm looking for Dmitri. I need
traveling papers - to Paris. I

heard Dmitri could help me.


Vladimir and Dmitri exchange a look. . .
wary. . . Dmitri
looks around and motions to Vladimir to
handle it while
he walks ahead nonchalantly.
VLADIMIR
Who did you hear it from?
ANYA
I heard it from everyone who
said I didn't hear it from
them! Do you know Dmitri?
Dmitri keeps walking ahead followed by
Vladimir. Anya
is determined not to give up and keeps
up with Vladimir
even though she keeps getting bumped and
pulled off
track by people walking in the opposite
direction.

VLADIMIR
(loudly, acting)
Providing travel papers is
illeagal!
(then, quietly)
I know Dmitri well - perhaps I
can help you. Providded you
have enough money to pay for
this service. . .
ANYA
Well, I don't have any money . . .
VLADIMIR
Good day!
Vladimir pats her on the head and walks
away.
ANYA
I have a bike! Perhaps I could
sell it and. . .
Vladimir keeps walking, catching up to
Dmitri.

Anya runs back around to the front of


the building where
she left her bike. She stops suddenly
when she realizes
that there is no bicycle there anymore just Meetoo.
ANYA (CONT.)
What are you doing here? And
where's my bike?
A POLICEMAN strolls by.
ANYA (CONT.)
Officer! My bike has been stolen!
POLICEMAN
Nonsense. There is no crime in
the Soviet Socialist Republic.
And he keeps walking. Anya realizes that
there is no
hope in pursuing the policeman so she
heads off to find

Vladimir - who has vanished down the


street. Meetoo
starts to follow her.
ANYA
Sorry, boy, I have to go.
Meetoo barks "retu" and starts after
her.
ANYA (CONT.)
No. You can't come with me.
I'm leaving. . .
Meetoo barks his "retu" and starts after
her again.
ANYA (CONT.)
(laughing)
It sounds like you're saying
"me too". Listen little guy, I
have money, no food. . . and
no bicycle. I'm the last
person you should be following!

Anya pats him on the head and heads off


in the direction
of Vlad and Dmitri. Meetoo, of course,
follows her.
FURTHER DOWN THE STREET
Anya spots Vladimir and Dmitri turning
the corner in the
distance. Anya runs, trying to catch up
with them. She
turns the corner and STOPS.
ANYA'S POV
the PALACE in the distance, only now
it's run down,
boarded up and partially burned.
Anya is taken back. She stares,
fascinated by it moved by it . As the sun sets behind the
Palace, it's
bathed in a beautiful golden light.

INT. PALACE BEDROOM - NIGHT


CLOSE on a roaring fire, over which
Vladimir has
fasioned a roatating "spit" which is
propelled by a
Victrola. Vladimir is carefully basting
the only thing
on the spit: a head of cabbage.
Dmitri is sitting by the window, staring
at the MUSIC
BOX that Anastasia dropped the night of
the revolution.
VLADIMIR
. . . even if we find her, what
makes you think the
Empress will even see us?
Dmitri holds up the music box.
DMITRI
She'll see us.

EXT. PALACE AT ST. PETERSBURG - NIGHT


Anya approaches, tentative and glancing
around. She
tries to open the door but it won't
budge, so she moves
to a boarded up window. She looks
through a crack in a
board.
INT. BALLROOM
Dark and eerie. All of it's former glory
destroyed.
CAMERA RISES to a partially destroyed
CHANDLIER ehere
we see BARTOK, the bat who was with
Rasputin.
He hangs upside down next to a FEMALE
BAT. He clears
his throat - she doesn't respond. Using
his wings, he
gives his "hair: a quick grooming.

BARTOK
You, uhh. . . hang here often?
(laughs nervously)
"Hang" get it? I said "hang"
and we're both, you know, cause
we're bats. . . and, uhhh. . .
what's your sign?
No reaction from FEMALE BAT.
EXT. PALACE
Anya uses a stick to pry off some of the
window boards.
We HEAR a crack.
INT. PALACE BEDROOM
SAME CRACK noises from downstairs just
as Vladimir's
cabbage falls from the spit into the
fire.
DMITRI
(off noise)

What was that?


VLADIMIR
That was your dinner! I do
hope there is no cabbage in
Paris!
INT. BALLROOM
BARTOK
Whatta' ya say we go somewhere
- maybe get a bug to eat. Get
it? A "bug" to eat, 'cause
we're. . .
FEMALE BAT rolls her eyes in disgust and
flaps away.
BARTOK (CONT.)
(one last try)
I'm a Gemini. . .
He hears the SOUND of boards being torn
off the window.

BARTOK'S HIGH ANGLE POV


Anya climbs into the ballroom.
INT. SMALL ROOM
Meetoo manages to wiggle in after her
and follows Anya
as she wanders around, spell bound by
the faded glory of
the palace.
INT. DINING ROOM
Anya wanders into the partially
destroyed room and bends
down to inspect half of a broken plate
that's lying on
the floor. The instant she touches it,
she pulls her
hand away as if SHOCKED. Recovering, she
picks it up.
CLOSE ON PLATE

painted with decorative dancing Russian


bears.
Anya wanders out of the room and to the
top of a HUGE
STAIRCASE which leads down to the once
grand BALLROOM.
She stops at a large landing half way
down the steps.
Meetoo sees a large curtain hanging
precariously on the
side wall. Being a puppy he can't resist
leaping and
grabbing at it with his teeth. Anya
notices and runs
her hand along a the carved butterflies
in the worn
banister.
ON ANYA
who jumps, startled, as Meetoo pulls the
curtain and it
hits the floor.

INT. PALACE BEDROOM


Dmitri and Vladimir look up from their
burnt cabbage.
They heard it too.
INT. STAIRCASE (BALLROOM)
Anya is relieved to see it is only
Meetoo, who wags his
tail happily with the curtain still in
his mouth.
ANYA
What are you do. . .
Anya STOPS mid sentence, taken by what
she sees.
ANYA'S POV
Behind the curtain was the FRIEZE of the
ROMANOV FAMILY.
The moonlight hits the portrait with a
ghostly glow.

<u>"ONCE UPON A DECEMBER" (THE MUSIC BOX


THEME)</u>
Anya is mesmerized by the FRIEZE. She
looks around the
Ballroom. . . almost remembering
something. . .
ANYA
(singing)
DANCING BEARS, PAINTED WINGS
THINGS I ALMOST REMEMBER.
AND A SONG SOMEONE SINGS
ONCE UPON A DECEMBER
As she sings the ballroom transform into
it's once
spledid glory. Anya takes off her coat
and at once her
rags are transformed into a beautiful
gown. NICHOLAS
steps down from the FRIEZE and walks her
down the stairs
gracefully and begins a waltz with her.

ANYA (CONT.)
SOMEONE HOLDS ME SAFE AND WARM
HORSES PRANCE
THROUGH A SILVER STORM
FIGURES DANCING GRACEFULLY
ACROSS MY MEMORY.
MUSIC BUILDS. A CHORUS of voices sing
the melody as
royal ghosts appear as elegant and
beautiful as in the
opening scene. Then
ANYA (CONT.)
SOMEONE HOLDS ME SAFE AND WARM
HORSES PRANCE
THROUGH A SILVER STORM
FIGURES DANCING GRACEFULLY
ACROSS MY MEMORY.
MUSIC: FULL!
Dmitri and Vladimir appear at the top of
the stairs.

DMITRI & VLADIMIR'S POV


some ragged lunatic dancing with
"himself".
ANYA (CONT.)
FAR AWAY, LONG AGO
GLOWING DIM AS AN EMBER,
THINGS MY HEART USED TO KNOW
THINGS IT YEARNS TO REMEMBER
Anya is released from Nicholas' embrace.
He kisses her
on the forehead and slowly backs away.
She follows
Nicholas, back up the stairs to the
landing, where the
sun has caused a "dust" mist.
Then, magically, TATIANA appears through
the mist, a
loving beautiful vision from the past.
ANYA (CONT.)

AND A SONG SOMEONE SINGS


ONCE UPON A DECEMBER.
DMITRI (O.C.)
(yelling)
Who are you?!
<u>END NUMBER</u>
Dmitri's voice causes the visage to
disintegrate. All
goes back to the way it was - dark and
destroyed.
Anya spins toward Dmitri, surprised and
frightened.
DMITRI'S POV
Anya is caught in a ray of moonlight,
directly in front
of the image of Anastasia in the frieze.
The
resemblance is striking. Dmitri is taken
aback, but

Vladimir is unaffected.
VLADIMIR
You're trespassing, boy!
Anya is dazed by what has just happened
to her and can't
quite refocus on reality.
ANYA
I. . . I. . . spoke to you earlier
about traveling paper. .
Dmitri pokes Vladimir with his elbow but
doesn't take
his eyes off Anya.
DMITRI
(whispering to Vlad)
It's her.
VLADIMIR
He's her?
DMITRI

Look!
Vladimir looks at Anya again and get it.
ANYA
Are you Dmitri? I didn't mean
to trespass - I don't want to
do anything dishonest, but if
you could just help help me. . .
Vladimir and Dmitri walk down the stairs
and up her
stairs and begin to circle around her.
VLADIMIR
Perhaps you heard of our
brilliant plan to find a girl
and. . .
Dmitri pokes him hard in the ribs and
shakes his head.
DMITRI
(quietly to Vlad)
She doesn't want to do anything

"dishonest". . .
VLADIMIR
(gets it, whispers)
Ew. . . the honest type.
Dmitri gives Vlad a "let me handle this"
gestures.
DMITRI
(off frieze)
You look like her. Like the
Princess Anastasia. Has anyone
ever told you that before?
Anya is coming back to her senses,
doesn't like these
men circling her.
ANYA
(sarcastic)
Oh, yeah - in the orphanage
they constantly told me I
looked like a princess! Stop
that!

Dmitri stops circling and then begins to


use everything
that Anya says - the perfect and
charming con man that
he is - to get what he wants.
DMITRI
People say Anastasia was the
only member of the Royal Family
to escape alive. That makes
her an orphan too
(MORE)
DMITRI (CONT.)
(beat)
What happened to your parents?
ANYA
I don't know - I don't remember
anything that happened before
the revolution. . .
DMITRI
You know, it's strange -

Anastasia's grandmother, the


Dowager Empress Tatiana has
been looking for Anastasia
since the revolution. Why do
you think she wouldn't go to
her own grandmother?
ANYA
I don't know. I don't see what
this has to do with me.
DMITRI
Perhaps it's because she has
amnesia too - can't remember. . .
VLADIMIR
How much do you weigh?
Dmitri pokes him again.
VLADIMIR (CONT.)
(to Dmitri)
I was just wondering since we
already have the dress. . .

ANYA
Look, I came here to get papers
to travel to Paris and. . .
DMITRI
Why do you want to go to Paris?
ANYA
(defiant)
I have my reasons.
DMITRI
Anastasia's grandmother is in
Paris. We're going to bring
Anastasia to her - in Paris.
(MORE)
DMITRI (CONT.)
(beat)
And I think you are the
Princess Anastasia.
Anya laughs. Vlad mouths to Dmitri "Do
you think she's
really Anastasia?" Dmitri shakes his

head no, of course


not, then continues with Anya. Vlad
smiles to himself
and walks down the stairs - Dmitri's so
good even he got
confused!
DMITRI (CON'T)
You never thought of the
possibility?
ANYA
Look - there isn't an orphan in
the world who doesn't dream
she's a princess but, come
on. . . Look at me!
Dmitri spins spins around, dramatically
pointing to
Anastasia's image in the freeze.
DMITRI
NO! YOU LOOK AT HER! LOOK AT
HER!
(beat, then softly)

It could be you.
<u>UNDERSCORE: "THE MUSIC BOX THEME"</u>
Anya fiddles with the key around her
neck and looks down
at the ballroom, remembering what just
happened there could it have been a memory. . .
Dmitri tries to act casual as he turns
and starts
walking down the stairs.
DMITRI (CONT.)
You don't have anything to
lose. If I am wrong - the
Empress will simply tell us you
aren't Anastasia and we'll be
on our way. No harm done - an
honest mistake - but at least
you <u>will</u> be in Paris.
Anya touches Anastasia's painted hand in
the frieze.

ANYA
(singing in a whisper)
THINGS MY HEART USED TO KNOW
THINGS IT YEARNS TO REMEMBER. . .
Dmitri looks at Anya, her back toward
him, as he raises
his arm to her.
DMITRI
Find out the truth - come to
Paris with us.
Anya expression registers her internal
debate. What is
it's true. . . It coudn't be. . . but
if. . . Then,
ANYA
All right. I will go with you.
Meetoo let's out his "retu". Vladimir
lets out a whoop
of joy. Dmitri smiles and bows to Anya..

DMITRI
The Her Royal Highness Princess
Anastasia!
ON BARTOK
having watched the whole thing - he
sighs.
BARTOK
Oy. . . he's gonna be so mad. . .
Bartok flies out a broken window and
into the night.
EXT. AERIAL VIEW OF ST. PETERSBURG NIGHT
BARTOK'S POV
The city lights fade and we move into
the blackness of
the Russian forest. Finally, in the
distance, we see

the orange glow of a fire.


EXT. GYPSY CAMP - NIGHT
Bartok swoops along the wagons. Everyone
looks to be
asleep. Bartok keeps flying until he
sees an OMINOUS
LOOKING BLACK WAGON, the largest and
most elaborate.
Bartok screws up his courage and flies
into the open
window of the BLACK WAGON
ANYA
(singing in a whisper)
THINGS MY HEART USED TO KNOW
THINGS IT YEARNS TO REMEMBER ...
Dmitri looks at Anya, her back toward
him, as he raises
his arm to her.
DMITRI

Find out the truth - come to


Paris with us.
Anya expression registers her internal
debate. What if
it's true... It couldn't be... but if...
Then,
ANYA
All right. I will go with you.
Meetoo lets out his "retu". Vladimir
lets out a whoop of
joy. Dmitri smiles and bows to Anya.
DMITRI
The Her Royal Highness Princess
Anastasia!
ON BARTOK
having watched the whole thing - he
sighs.
BARTOK

Oy. . . he's gonna be so mad...


Bartok flies out a broken window and
into the night.
EXT. AERIAL VIEW OF ST. PETERSBURG NIGHT
BARTOK'S POV
The city lights fade and we move into
the blackness of
the Russian forest. Finally, in the
distance. we see
the orange glow of a fire.
EXT. GYPSY CAMP - NIGHT
Bartok swoops along the wagons. Everyone
looks to be asleep.
Bartok keeps flying until he sees an
ONIOUS LOOKING BLACK
WAGON, the largest and most elaborate.
Bartok screws up his courage and flies

into the open


window of the BLACK WAGON.
INT. RASPUTIN'S WAGON
A lone candle lights the dark wagon. A
frightened Bartok,
stays on the window sill.
BARTOK
Ummm ... Father Gregori? It's,
uhh ... me. Bartok.
(a sign of relief)
Phew! Not home ...
Rasputin's face suddenly ROARS into
FRAME from the bed
below, his eyes fiery red and his beard
wild.
RASPUTIN
What?
BARTOK
Oh my God!

(wing to chest)
Don't do that ... feel my heart.
Go ahead. I'm dying here ...
RASPUTIN
(smiling)
And what do you want, my little
rat-with-wings?
Rasputin rises and pours himself a glass
of vodka.
BARTOK
Name calling! That's mature.
Rasputin grabs him by the throat.
RASPUTIN
I gave you that tongue and I
can rip it out!
BARTOK
(strangled)
No, I really like my tongue...
we're very attached.

(rasputin releases him)


Oyyyy... Okay, now... promise
you won't get angry.
RASPUTIN
(sweetly)
Why would I ever be angry with
you, little friend?

BARTOK
Yeah, right. Keep that thought
okay? So, I'm in town, stop by
the old palace. You get a better
class of bats there - no tattoos
or anything.
Rasputin rummages around for a full
bottle of vodka,
tossing the empties - which Bartok has
to dodge.
BARTOK (CONT.)
So, I'm cruisin' the rafters and...
what can I say, I struck out. I

thought chicks would like the fact


that I can talk, you know but,
I mean, the way things are going
I couldn't get invited to a plague.
(a bottle smashes)
Someone's gotta clean that up...
RASPUTIN
Get to the point sometime tonight..
I'm late for a wenching.
BARTOK
Okay... you're not gonna like this
but, well, it looks like Anastasia
is ... still alive.
He tenses, waiting for Rasputin's
explosion but Rasputin
just laughs.
RASPUTIN
Impossible. That rumor's been
around for years.
Bartok hovers face-to-face.

BARTOK
Trust me, it's her!
RASPUTIN
(eyes narrowing)
How do you know?
BARTOK
Rodent's intuition, how do I know?
She looks exactly like her.
Except she's taller,
which is natural ... Of course
my second cousin Treplev - he
never grew. Looks like a
little pepper shaker. He was
so cute ...
Rasputin begins a slow growl that
builds.
BARTOK (CONT. )
Oyyy... I knew this was gonna
to upset him!

Rasputin howls in anger and smashes his


glass against
the wall. He moves toward the CABINET,
knocking over
furniture. Rasputin flings open the
cabinet and we see
the RELIQUARY, glowing gently as if it
were sleeping.
Bartok covers his eyes in fear. Even
Rasputin seem a
bit nervous in front of it.
RASPUTIN
(with reverence)
Source of my power. Owner of
my soul. I need your help.
Rasputin takes the RELIQUARY out of the
cabinet and
sets it on the table.
BARTOK
Hey, she's just a kid. And she's
going to Paris outta sight,
outta mind, outta Russia.

RASPUTIN
I cursed then all!
BARTOK
My Aunt Bella, sweet woman not
the brightest bat in the world she used to hang right side up,
anyway she always said "Curses
were made to be broken". Course,
she said it in those irritating
little bat squeaks, so it wasn't
quite so profound...
Rasputin pulls out a set of RUSSIAN
DOLLS (a small
painted. hollow doll with a smaller doll
inside it,
and a smaller doll inside it, etc.) The
first doll
bears an eerie resemblance to Nicholas.
Inside the
second looks like Alexandra, all the way
down to the
ANASTASIA doll.

<u>"THE END OF THE LINE" (PRODUCTION


NUMBER)
Rasputin will have a DARK, MENACING,
DELICIOUSLY
SCARY NUMBER in whIch he SINGS of his
obsession with
killing the Romanovs once and for all.
Bartok will
interject comically throughouut. as
Rasputin
will conjure up tLis minions from the
iquary and sing
about Romanovs FINALE, he sends them off
after Anya.
SONG TO INCORPORATE THE FOLLOWING
SENTIMENTS:</u>
RASPUTIN
The Romanovs tried to kill me and
I swore to destroy all of them!
If she lives, if she should have

a child someday, the Romanov Family


continues! And I won't lot that
happen! THIS IS THE END OF THE LINE!
He crushes the Anastasia doll in his
massive hand.
BARTOK
You know, this is really obsessive
behavior. There is this doctor this
doctor in Austria, Sigmund something
and he feels. . .
Bartok land on the table while be's
talking and his
wing accidently knocks the RELIQUARY on
its side and
it begins to roll.
RASPUTIN
YOU IDIOT
Rasputin makes a sad leap, grabbing it
seconds before it
shatters on the floor. Rasputin holds it

up. The
smokey SPIRITS inside swirl around,
moaning.
RASPUTIN (CONT.)
(to Reliquary)
Yesses - you'd all like to get
out, wouldn' t you? Sorry
just one at a time and only
when I call.
Rasputin spins an Bartok, who Us been
slinki away, and
slams a goblet over his.
BARTOK'S POV
From under the glass, Rasputin looks
distorted and even
more horrifying.
RASPUTIN
(to Bartok)
Do you have any idea what would
happen if that broke?!

BARTOK
(voice under glass)
You'd lose your security deposit?
RASPUTIN
(waving reliquary)
Evil, powerful beings - I have
their power only if I contain
them, control them. If they
should all be released at
once... well ...
Rasputin smiles with his horrible
yellow, decayed teeth,
and lifts the glass an if to whisper in
Bartok, a ear.
RASPUTIN (CONT.)
YOU DON'T WANT TO BE AROUND
IF THAT HAPPENS!
The volume of Rasputin's voice rattles
Bartok around the
inside of the glass. Rasputin focuses on

the RELIQUARY.
RASPUTIN (CON'T.)
(to reliquary)
Where is she? Where is
Princess Anastasia...
Inside the reliquary the awoke begins to
mow Suddenly,
the smoke EXPLODES in a burst and forms
into the smoke
from a train engine. As the reliquary
picture broadens,
we see a train and Anya, Dmitri and
Vladimir all hurrying
to catch it.
RASPUTIN(CONT.)
She has friends. No matter...
Bartok looks desperate under glass. He
trios to topple
the glass prism by jumping up but just
cooks his head.

BARTOK
Ohhh, that was dumb...
BARTOK (CONT.)
(calling to Rasputin)
Hello, I've get really terrible
claustrophobia. That's why I
could never live in a cave ...
Rasputin gives his attention only to the
reliquary.
RASPUTIN
Finish my prophecy...
Smoke begins to pour out of the
reliquary. asput almost
giddy with the thought of finishing
ambition, laughs
hysterically.
BARTOK
Ew, I hate when he does this!
As Rasputin swirls his arms the smoke

begins to form
into MINIONS. All look human at first,
but then
we see MINION ONE, has the body of a
human and a head of
a JACKAL, MINION TWO has the face of a
woman and the
claws of a TIGER, and MINION- the most
horrible
of all - has a huge bear-like body with
the head of a
VULTURE. All wear long capes with hoods.
RASPUTIN
She is not to get off that
train... alive!
Rasputin kicks open the wagon door and
leaps outside.
The MINIONS, still filling out into
forms, follow.
One of the wisps of smoke, like a tail,
swishes by and
knocks over Bartok's glass prism,
freeing his.

EXT. GYPSY CAMP - NIGHT


Rasputin releases his BLACK HORSES who
stoup -and
whinny, men ing something bad, as two
Minions float
on to them the other flies ahead of
than.
RASPUTIN
Go! I don't care what you do with the
others but finish the girl! KILLLLL
HERRRRR!
(sinister)
And have fun...
The Minions take off. Rasputin laughs
wildy.
<u>END MUSICAL NUMBER</u>
INT. TATIANA'S STUDY, PARIS - DAY
CLOSE ON

TATIANA'S HANDS covering her face.


Slowly dropping her
hands down to reveal an older, sad
TATIANA.
TATIANA
Take her away, Sophie.
PULL BACK
to reveal a YOUNG WOMAN standing in
front of bar desk.
TATIANA
Haven't anything better to do
than to break my heart.
Sophie ushers the now ashamed YOUNG
WOMAN to the door.
The YOUNG WOMAN looks amazing like Anya
except that her
hair is long and her clothes are now.
She walks with a
certain regal grace until she passes

through the doorway out of Tatiana's sight - and her posture


"question-marks"
and she lopes out.
TATIANA (CONT.)
(quietly)
No more. So more...
Sophie. heavier and larger bottomed than
ten years earlier,
speaks quickly - without ev er
breathing, in a high
pitched nervous chitter.
SOPHIE
(very rapidly)
Oh, oh... I must say. I thought
that one was bar - i'm just so
shocked that she wasn't real well,
she was real, I mean she was human,
of course. but not our real. I must
say, even my sisters were touched
by her yes - yes they were...

XENIA and ESTELLE, as pinched and skinny


as Sophie in
"full", don't appear to ever have been
"touched" by
anything (or anyone).
SOPHIE (CONT.)
... moved to tears of joy! We won't
be f ooled next time, girls! I'm a
going to think of really hard
questions...
TATIANA
(stopping Sophie with
a raise of her hand)
No, Sophie. My heart can't take it
anymore! I will see no more girls
claiming to be Anastasia.
Tatiana walks sadly out of the room.
EXT. TRAM STATION - MORNING
Anya and Metoo doze near a fire along
with the other

PEASANTS waiting for the train. Dmitri


looks over Vladimir's
shoulder nervously watching his forging
their travel papers.
DMITRI
Hurry up with those papers.
VLADIMIR
Would you have leaned over
Rembrant's shoulder and told
him to paint faster?
Vladimir looks at Dmitri's anxious face.
VLADIMIR (CONT.)
You probably would.
(hands his the papers)
They're still wet.
A TRAIN WHISTLE SLOWS and Vlad Moves to
Anya.
VLADIMIR (CONT.)
Wake up, young lady, that's our train.

DMITRI
(correcting)
"Wake up, your highness" - we should
start getting used to saying it.
VLADIMIR
What a world - a man who was in
my position in society is calling
a peasant 'Your Highness".
Dmitri leans over and tugs Anya's hair
lightly.
DMITRI
(to Anya)
Wake up!
Anya's eyes flash open and - totally on
reflex - she belts
Dmitri in the nose. Ditri reels back,
lands on his butt Vladimir observes ruefully.
VLADIMER

We have a lot of work to do...


EXT. TRAIN PLATFORM - SECONDS LATER
Vladimir, using his ample belly, bumps
people out of the
way as they head for the train. Vlad
climbs on just as
it starts up, followed by Dmitri. Dmitri
turns back and
reaches out his hand to help Anya up.
But she
freezes... just STANDS THERE, not
running.
ANYA'S POV
DMITRI
Come on!
Dmitri on the train, his band extended just like
Tatiana's was. Although Anya can't quite
remember,
something about this terrifies bar. She

snaps out
of it when Meetoo nips her ankle.
Anya looks down and sees the puppy,
picks his up and
runs for the train.
DMITRI
Take my hand!
Anya puts Meetoo into his hands and
Jumps on without
touching his.
INT. TRAIN COMPARTMENT
The compartment is JAMMED with
travelers. Suitcases
and packages balanced precariously.
Dmitri sits down
and carefully touches his painful noso.
DMITRI
Do you always punch people first
thing in the morning?

ANYA
Sorry - it's a reflex. Living
in an orphanage if someone bothers
you - you automatically come up
swinging.
DMITRI
I wasn't bothering you. I was
trying to wake you up!
OVER ANYA'S SHOULDER, out of the window.
we see the
THREE MINIONS on horseback charging down
a snow covered
hill toward the train.
ANYA
By pulling my hair?!
DMITRI
I was all out of dynamite!
Dmitri touches his nose again. Anya
opens the window

and grabs some snow. WE SEE the minions


racing wildly
to catch up with the train. As the scene
continues, we
see the minions, by one, getting close
to the train
and then disappear from view - only
their riderless
horses ride away.
ANYA
(hands Dmitri the snow)
Put it on your nose. For heaven's
sake, you're making such a fuss!
Dmitri tries to act very manly as he
puts the ice on his
nose, but cringes with the cold. Anya
smiles.
ANYA
(to herself)
Men are such babies...
An ELDERLY WOMAN loaded with packages

cones into the


compartment. Anya immediately rises to
help her.
ANYA
Here, let me
Dmitri and Vlad both pull her back down.
DMITRI
You're a princess...
VLADIMIR
Royalty do not help people
with their luggage.
Anya gives them both a look and helps
the woman.
VLADIMIR
Well, she certainly has a mind
of her own.
DMITRI
Yes. And I hate that in a woman.

Vlad holds Meotoo, who is enthralled and


plays with
Vladimir's drooping mustache, like a
kitten with a string.
The COMPARTMENT DOOR swings open and an
OMINOUS LOOKING
GUARD strides in!
GUARD
Papers!
Everyone rustles for their papers.
Dmitri confidently
pulls out their papers, done in
beautiful BLACK ink.
Then, he glances at the PERSON NEXT TO
HIM and sees
that his papers are done in a bright RED
ink. Dmitri
looks over at Vladimir - who has seen
the mistake as well.
VLADIMIR

(sheepishly)
It's what I hate about this
government - everything in red!
The guard hand papers back to a soulful
looking man
with a frozen beard.
GUARD
Thank you, Comrade Zhivago.
ZHIVAGO
Doctor Zhivago.
GUARD approaches Vlad and Dmitri.
VLADIMIR
What do we do now?
DMITRI
Pray he's color-blind...
Dmitri flashes the Guard a charming
smile as he hands
over his papers. Vladimir is nervously

playing with
his mustache until it stands out
straight. Anya has
no idea what's going on.
GUARD
wait here.
As the Guard heads out of the
compartment, Vlad turns
to Dmitri and they exchange an "oh, no"
look.
INT. CORRIDOR, ANOTHER CAR
The MINIONS, hoods pulled low, push
their way through
the PASSENGERS in search of Anastasia.
INT. CORRIDOR
Dmitri spots the GUARD conferring with
the GUARDS
over the papers. Anya pokes bar head
out.

ANYA
I'm going to stretch my legs
DMITRI
That's a good idea - a great
idea - stretch your legs
(pointing the opposite
direction of the
guards)
... stretch then that way.
Anya looks at him like he's crazy and
walks away.
ANYA
(to herself)
I must have hit him harder than
I thought...
Dmitri runs back in and grabs his SMALL
BACKPACK. He
pulls Vlad, carrying Meetoo, out off the
compartment
Anya has a load on them as they follow.

INT TRAIN COMPARTMENT - DAY


The GUARDS burst in, ready for an
arrest. In the
background, the hooded Minions pass. The
Guards,
seeing empty seats, head back out.
INT. TRAIN CORRIDOR - ANOTHER CAR
Anya looks out the window as the country
side flies by
and smiles.
INT. CORRIDOR
The Guards spot three figures at the far
end of the car.
GUARD
That's them! Come on!
They run after who they think are the
fugitives.

The Guard grabs a minion and spins him


around.
It's MINION THREE, who comes face-tobeak with him
and lets out a HORRENDOUS SCREECH,
causing the other
Minion to turn around. The Guards scream
and reel backward,
pushing and shoving each other to got
out of the way
The Minions proceed up the corridor,
MINION TWO, spot
Anya looking out the window. He grabs
her. palling her
viciously to the other Minions. She
spins around - it
isn't Anya - it's a SERIOUSLY UGLY
WOMAN. The Minions
now scream and reel back in horror.
INT. CORRIDOR - SIMULTANEOUS
Dmitri and Vladimir catch up to Anya and

grab her in
each arm, loading bar down the hall WE
HEAR the MINIONS
SCREAM from the next car.
EXT. BETWEEN CARS
Anya. Dmitri and Vlad step out on a
platform and see
there is no place left to run. Only the
engine is
ahead of them.
DMITRI
Wait here!
He leaps up gracefully, grabbing the
edge of the roof,
and pull& himself up.
ANYA
(to Vlad)
Would you like to tell what we are...
as Dmitri's head, upside down, appears

from the roof.


DMITRI
Come on up!
ANYA
Why?
Vladimir picks Anya from up from
tobehind and hoists
her up to Dmitri. She hollers.
EXT. TRAIN ROOF
Anya is pulled up by Dmitri, with a
force that knocks
them both over Anya on top. An awkward
moment. Anya
rolls off him as Dmitri tries to catch
the breath she
knocked out of him.
ANYA
Just what do you think you're doing?!

DMITRI
Trying... to... breathe...
Suddenly, Meetoo appears, as if he were
flying and
lots out a little "retu". Vladimir has
tossed his
up and Dmitri catches his, band his to
Anya, and
reaches down to Vladimir.
INT. CORRIDOR
Though the window the Minions see
Vladimir's legs
as he's being lifted.
INT. ROOF oF TRAIN
Dmitri struggles to got Vlad to the roof
but he's
losing his grasp. Anya puts Meetoo down
and reaches
to help the dangling Vlad. Even Meetoo
helps by

pulling an Vladimir's scarf .


EXT. PLATFORM
Minion one grabs for Vladimir's legs,
just as
they disappear.
EXT. ROOF OF TRAIN
Dmitri and Anya let out a sigh of relief
as Vlad in
safe, but it's short lived as they both
SIMULTANEOUSLY
lot out a yell.
DMITRI & ANYA'S POV:
a TUNNEL rapidly approaching.
They hit the deck, Vlad on his back
between Anya and
Dmitri. Anya and Dmitri exchange a quick
look as the
tunnel gets closer - Vladimir's stomach

is sticking up
too high to clear the tunnel. They reach
up together
and push down on his big belly, causing
his eyes to
bulge
ON THE SIDE OF THE TRAIN
The minions, now climbing up the side
are plunged into
total darkness.
ON THE ROOF
light hits as the train comes out of the
tunnel.
Vlad lets out a gasp as they release his
belly.
Just then a Minion hand reaches up over
the edge.
Dmitri assumes it's a Guard.
DMITRI
The guards!

(Anya gives his a lack)


I'll explain later.
Anya and Vlad follow Dmitri toward the
back of the train.
ON THE MINIONS
now on the roof, seeing their prey in
short distance.
ON ANYA AND THE OTHERS
running, without looking back. jumping
from car to car,
passing Meetoo like a football. Vladiair
makes a huge
running leap into the air...
INT. TRAIN COMPARTMENT
As all PASSENGERS react to Vladimir's
bulk hitting and
denting the coiling.

EXT. ROOF OF TRAIN


The TRAIN WHISTLE erupts and Anya
glances back to see
her pursuers just as they are enveloped
in the thick black
smoke of the engine. Behind them, Anya
can another tunnel.
TUNNEL
They drop down, this time Vlad in on his
stomach. Anya
and Dmitri realize his butt won't clear
the tunnel.
They push it down.
ON THE MINIONS
An the smoke disappears, the Minions'
eyes go wide when
they realize it's too late for them. The
train roars the
tunnel as the MINIONS SMASH &"'not the
sift of

the mountain in a COLORFUL BURST OF


SMOKE from which
they were created.
INT. RASPUTIN'S WAGON - PARALLEL TIME
DISSOLVE TO
EXT. ROOF OF TRAIN - DAY
Rasputin stares at the scene in his
reliquary, watching
his well laid plan *go up in smoke", and
lots out a
simmering growl.
Anya is standing with her hands an her
hips arguing
with Dmitri and Vladiair.
ANYA
Forged papers! Now, what?!
DMITRI

Now just get off the train.


ANYA
HUH?!
Dmitri motions that they are going to
Jump. Anya shakes
her head slowly.
ANYA
Noooo....
VLADIMIR
She's quite right, Dmitri, a man
of my stature should not have to
Dmitri shoves him off the top of the
train with Meetoo
in his arm. Dmitri then puts out his
hand to Anya.
DMITRI
Come on, we'll jump together...
Take my hand.

Dmitri turns forward and sees the train


is approaching
a HIGH RAILROAD BRIDGE over a rocky
ravine. It's now
or never.
DMITRI
Come on!
ANYA
No!
With his outstretched hand, Dmitri
shoves her off the bar.
EXT. COUNTRYSIDE - DAY
Vladimir has landed in a large pile of
snow. He stands,
rubbing his bottom.
VLADIMIR
I think I have hurt my...
Meetoo comes out of the pile of leaves,

rubbing his
bottom and answers Vladimir's with his
"retu".
A short distance away, Anya seems to be
sitting on
top of a puddle - but she isn't wet.
Suddenly, Dmitri
gets up from underneath her, covered in
snow. Anya
isn't wet because she landed on Dmitri!
She jumps up.
DMITRI
You must enjoy causing me pain!
ANYA
You shouldn't have pushed us!
Vladimir and Meetoo come over.
VLADIMIR
Is everyone all right?
ANYA

I'm fine.
DMITRI
She's fine!
(limping away)
I may never walk right again,
but she's fine...
INT. RASPUTIN'S WAGON
Rasputin paces, still angry at the
Minions. Bartok,
nervous, fakes a yawn and stretches.
BARTOK
Well, I better got goin'. Got a busy day
letting all
the blood rush to my head...
Rasputin pulls him back in, then speaks
to his reliquary.
RASPUTIN
She's too far away, isn't she?

The reliquary glows eyes. Rasputin


places It back in it's cabinet.
RASPUTIN (CONT.)
Yesss... our power is much stronger
when were near. We must get close
to her.
BARTOK
Oy... not a road trip. I get
wagon sick, you know that.
Rasputin smacks him against the wall as
he stomps out
of the wagon. Bartok slides down the
wall.
BARTOK (CONT.)
You're absolutely right. Travel
broadens your horizons...
And he hits the floor.
EXT. GYPSY CAMP - MIGHT

Rasputin, on his obsessed mission, leaps


on top of the
wagon as Bartok, still dizzy, tries to
catch up.
RASPUTIN
We'll catch her and finish her!
(he grabs the, reigns)
We ride this night!
Rasputin then looks down and sees that
there are no horses
harnessed he gave then to the begins a
slow growl.
BARTOK
Well, we wait this night!
EXT. COUNTRY - BREAK OF DAWN
Anya is walking ahead with Vladiair as
Dmitri follows
he's still muddy, wet and unhappy.
VLADIMIR

No have a lot of work to do,


Anya! Come along, Meetoo!
Meetoo is trying to catch fire flies in
his mouth.
VLADIMIR (CONT.)
We have to prepare you for an
audience with Sophie.
ANYA
Who's Sophie?
VLADIMIR
(lost in warm memories)
Ah ... the Lady Sophie... The
ravishing first cousin, once
removed, from the Empress. We
must convince Sophie that you
are the Princess before we'll
be granted a meeting with the
Empress ... your grandmother,
I mean.
Anya stops dead in her tracks, this is

the first she's


heard of this.
ANYA
What?!
Dmitri, not paying attention, slams into
the back
of Anya. Anya, not hurt, turns to Dmitri
- who is
rubbing his now sore shoulder.
ANYA (CONT.)
You never said anything to me
about having to prove I'm a
Princess!
DMITRI
You are the Princess.
VLADIMIR
We're just going to refresh
your memory...
ANYA

I don't have a memory and I'm


not a Princess!
(looks down at herself)
Even if I were - no one's ever
going to believe it. I'm not
exactly...
Anya searches for the -word as she sits
down next
t
frozen pond.
ANYA (CONT.)

(sadly to herself)
... good enough...
(to others)
I can't go through with this!
Dmitri sits next to Anya and looks at
her reflection
in the ice.
DMITRI
What do you see?
ANYA'S POV
her smudged face and boy's clothes.
Dmitri's hands

come into frame, wipe off her face with


snow and
them pull her hair off her face. Anya
does, truly,
look pretty.
DMITRI(CONT.)
See? The Princess is under there ...
VLADIMIR
Ah! Let us begin!
<u>A POSSIBLE VLADIMIR SONG
Vladimir would begin to sing here,
telling Anya that she
has a lot to learn. The music would
probably have a
LIGHT, SOMEWHAT COMEDIC tone, and would
be just a SHORT
SECTION OF SINGING, which would then
SEGUE TO UNDERSCORE
for the scenes of instruction which
follow.
We see the three of them from behind,
walking down a
road - Meetoo trots behind them,
happily.</u>

VLADIMIR (CONT.)
You were born on the Adriatic sea at
the summer palace, where the parties
and the buffets were marvelous ....
EXT. SLEIGH - DAY
Vladimir is putting icicles in Anya's
hair to keep it
up in a bun - she looks sweet, despite
her boy's clothes.
She is reciting something to Dmitri.
ANYA
...and on my father's side,
there was [THIS SECTION IS NOT
LEDGABLE]
Anya thinks as Dmitri looks at a long
sheet of
paper, prompting her.
DMITRI
Every Russian family has one..
ANYA
(gets it)
Natasha! Natasha Feastavich!-

but we called her Nashie


Fooshie!
VLADIMIR
Did I tell you that?
ANYA
You must have.
EXT. PIG CART - DAY
Anya, Dmitri and Vladimir are sitting in
the back of a
pig cart traveling down a country road.
The pigs are very
interested as Anya is pointing to
different pieces of hay
which "set" her imaginary table.
ANYA
(repeating)
...fish fork, salad fork, meat fork and.
. .
(can't remember, then
exasperated)
[THIS SECTION ALSO NOT LEDGABLE]
DMITRI
(hinting)

It's the best fork of all


ANYA
The dessert fork!
VLADIMIR
(lost in a memory of
rich desserts)
Ah, yes ... I have always loved
that fork...
Dmitri and Anya exchange a look and then
laugh,
adding ad libs of "we can tell" and
"There's a
fork you should have skipped". This is
the first
time Dmitri and Anya have laughed
together actually the first time he's ever seen
her smile.
EXT. PORT - DAY
Dmitri, who is sneaking around, pulling
women's clothes
out of a suitcase that clearly isn't
theirs! He takes
out a large, but pretty dress, a

beautiful veil - and a


huge brassiere, which he quickly stuffs
back in the
suitcase - somewhat frightened. He takes
the dress and
veil puts it in his backpack and joins
Vladimir and Anya
as they admire the ship.
ANYA
What a beautiful ship!
DMITRI
It used to be a private yacht
before the government took it over.
VLADIMIR
Oh, yes it was the seagoing vessel
of elaborate elegance in entertaining...
(looks at Dmitri and Anya explaining)
A party boat. It once belonged to ...
Vladimir honestly can't remember, Anya
thinks it's
another quiz.
ANYA
Konstantin Petrovich of Moscow!

Dmitri and Vladimir exchange a quizzical


look. No
one told her that...
Meetoo spots TWO UGLY PUG DOGS and a
distinguished
ELDERLY DOWAGER. He runs happily to play
with them.
She pulls her DOGS away from Meetoo.
ELDERLY DOWAGER
No, no, boys! You don't know where
he's been!
They give him a disgusted look and walk
away. Meetoo
looks a little hurt.
INT. HALLWAY OF THE SHIP - NIGHT
Dmitri and Vladimir are standing by a
closed door.
Anya is on the other side.
ANYA (0. C.)
No! I look ridiculous!
VLADIMIR
Come out! I can do alterations.

ANYA (O.C.)
You'll laugh.
VLADIMIR
I shant!
ANYA (O.C.)
Not you. Him.
DMITRI
I won't laugh - I swear...
The door opens and Anya comes out in the
blue dress
Dmitri stole which at least ten sizes
too big for her.
She is still wearing her hair up and
despite the size
which actually gives her a "Kate Moss"
waifish look
with her men's boots and baggy dress the blue brings
out her eyes. Dmitri sees her and BUSTS
OUT LAUGHING.
ANYA
You said you wouldn't laugh!

DMITRI
It's not you - it's the dress!
Anya storms back into the cabin and slam
the door behind her.
INT. CABIN - SIMULTANEOUS ACTION
When Anya storms into the cabin, she
catches a glimpse of
herself in the mirror.
ANYA
(to herself)
I'm never going to be..
Just then, the slamming door catches the
back of her dress,
pulling more than half of it into the
door frame. She sees
in the mirror that the now fitted dress
shows a lovely
woman's figure. Pleased, she looks at
herself.
ANYA (CONT.)
Well! Maybe I am...
EXT. CABIN DOOR - NIGHT

Vladimir and Dmitri wait outside the


door. The door opens
and Anya appears, having tied the veil
around the waist
of the dress, making it look fitted and
beautiful. Dmitri
and Vladimir are surprised as Anya walks
past them with
confidence and throws them a look over
her shoulder.
<u>"REPRISE OF VLADIMIR'S SONG (OVER
MONTAGE)
The tone of the song would now change - the older,
wiser person watching as two younger
people are
unwittingly falling in love. The tone
can still be
light, as are the visuals here, but
there would be
an undercurrent of irony and romance.
The song would
end as Anya and Dmitri have their first,
momentary
embrace.</u>

MONTAGE: (MOS)
ON DECK: Anya, still in her boots, walks
gracefully
down the deck in spite of the ship's
rocking motion.
Dmitri and Vlad can't even stand due to
the motion.
Anya looks back and flashes them a
smile.
IN THEIR CABIN: Dmitri gets out of the
bed he's
been sharing with Vlad and walks over,
past where
Anya is sleeping peacefully, to close
the port hole
against a cold wind. He closes is and
see's Anya she looks beautiful - he bends down to
pull up her
covers and she SLUGS him.
UNDER A TABLE: Meetoo is walking around
sniffing
feet. Suddenly, he runs smack into the
TWO UGLY
PUG DOGS who growl at him. He runs away
and finally

see's a woman's foot and a pair of


pretty feminine
shoes, with heels, that she has kicked
off. Meetoo
grabs them in his mouth and runs.
ON DECK: The sea is calm, but Anya wearing the heeled
shoes for the first time - is teetering
and wobbling
like mad. Dmitri and Vlad watch her with
amusement.
Anya turns to them.
ON DECK: Dmitri has stuffed his feet
into the woman's
shoes and is barely able to walk as Anya
watches him
with great vindication.
BALLROOM: Anya walks -into the ballroom,
steady and
graceful in her new shoes, on Vladimir's
arm and
completes a perfect curtsy in front of
Dmitri. Dmitri
applauds and moves down to her as she
stands and smacks
him with her head accidently.

THEIR CABIN: Vladimir is directing Anya


as she waltzes
gracefully in their swaying cabin.
Dmitri enters and is
directed to join Anya. He does and they
dance together,
with Anya clearly leading. The boat
sways to the left
and Anya is thrown closer into Dmitri's
arms. Neither
of them even try to readjust.
END MONTAGE
STILL IN THE SCENE
Vladimir walks over to Anya and
nervously chatters (he
knows he interrupted something) as he
leads her away
from Dmitri.
VLADIMIR
You are a natural! I don't know
how you ever learned to dance
that well! That must have been
some high class orphanage ...

EXT. SEA - NIGHT


As a storm begins to whip up, the wind
starts to howl
and the waves become more violent.
REVERSE ANGLE
just as a BOLT OF LIGHTNING STRIKES the
water, we see
Rasputin's face.
INT. CABIN - NIGHT
The storm is pitching the boat wildly.
Vladimir is
sleeping, snoring loudly. Meetoo, sound
asleep, is
sliding from side of the cabin to the
other. Anya
is looking out the small port hole at
the violent
sea when Dmitri, carrying his back pack,
sits on the
bed next to her.
DMITRI
I wanted to show you something.

Dmitri takes out the music box and hands


it to Anya.
She is immediately taken by it,
something about it ...
ANYA
It's so beautiful ... and sad.
DMITRI
Sad?
ANYA
Lost. it feels lost. This was hers?
DMITRI
Yeah ... well, yours. You still
don't believe that you're the
Princess, do you?
ANYA
I know I must have had something
to do with the palace - I've had
little flashes of things - but
being the Princess? It doesn't
matter as long as I find my home.
DMITRI
Well, the only thing you've got
when you've got a home is a fear

of losing it! You're lucky you


don't remember the revolution -I never had much, but what I did
have -- I lost.
ANYA
I'm sorry.
DMITRI
(false bravado)
Hey! It doesn't matter! You gotta
make your own way in the world!
Don't be sorry for me! I'm going
to get what I want don't you worry!
Dmitri goes back over to his bed. Anya
sees through
him and knows how much it all did matter
to him.
EXT. SEA CLIFF - NIGHT
The wagon sits on the edge of a high
cliff. Rasputin
stands on the top of his wagon, staring
at the sea
demonically. The jagged bolts of
lightening and the
icy silver rain make him look all the

more menacing.
RASPUTIN
(low, slow)
She's out there ...
The wind parts his beard and we see
Bartok hanging
upside down in it, trying to stay out of
the storm.
BARTOK
I'm getting a chest cold..
RASPUTIN
Bartok... a question.
BARTOK
I'm getting pneumonia. I have
a fever. Feel my forehead...
RASPUTIN
What do you think is the most
humiliating way to die?
Rasputin's eyes light up as if he just
thought of the
answer to his own question. Bartok is
thrown out of his

beard when he makes a sudden turn and


leaps off the
wagon. Bartok follows.
BARTOK
My cousin Mischa, nice fellow
had some dental problems - you
didn't want to watch him eat,
let's put it that way...
Rasputin steps in
INT. WAGON - NIGHT
As Bartok continues, Rasputin moves to
the
reliquary's cabinet.
BARTOK
... anyway, a bunch of other
bats were hanging in the belfry I know, cliche, but there you have
it, and Mischa, not the brightest
bat in the world, decides to hang
<u>in</u> the bell. Which was fine
for awhile until it started ringing ...
(shivers)
Ewwww, what a mess ...

RASPUTTN
(to reliquary)
Show her to me ...
BARTOK
And it didn't help the tonal
quality of the bell, either.
IMAGES, horrifying and frightening,
begin to spin
into a small tornado. Rasputin throws
open the door
and the TORNADO bursts out streaking
across the water.
EXT. SEA CLIFF - NIGHT
Rasputin follows tornado to the cliff
and watches
as it disappears into the horizon of the
water.
Lightning and thunder crash as he laughs
maniacally.
INT. CABIN - NIGHT
which is swaying with the storm. PAN
past Vladimir,
snoring, his now limp mustache flopping

wildly and
past Dmitri, sleeping restlessly. Move
to Anya, who
seems quite content.
From under the door SMOKY IMAGES
silently slither.
They float across the cabin and swirl
around Anya.
CLOSE ON:
Anya's CLOSED EYES as the SMOKY IMAGES
seem to enter
her head. She smiles in her sleep and we
are in ANYA'S
DREAM. . .
EXT. FOREST - DAY
Anya, in a beautiful white dress, is
walking peacefully
through a sunny part of a lovely forest
on a spring day.
She reaches down to pick some pretty
flowers, then looks
up as it seems to get dark... OMINOUS
LOOKING CLOUDS cover
the sun. Anya reaches down for another

flower when she


HEARS A GROWL.
Anya spins to see an ENORMOUS BEAR
emerge from the trees.
(All the animals in the dream sequence
have a SLIGHT
resemblance to Rasputin.) Anya is frozen
with fear as MORE
BEARS emerge and head straight for her.
She tries to back
away as the beautiful FLOWERS GROW LONG
AND HORRIBLE THORNS
and wrap around her ankles, impeding her
escape.
It gets darker as the BEAR'S EYES,
glowing yellow, multiply
and move closer. Anya pulls free of the
flowers and rushes
to the safety of a large tree She climbs
the tree and
escapesthe bears. Looking down, from her
perch on a sturdy
branch, the ground seems miles away.
Suddenly, the BRANCH JOLTS her and
almost falling, she hold
on to it tightly. But the branch TURNS

IN TOWARD
HER - no longer a tree branch, but A
HUGE UGLY SNAKE with
red eyes and huge fangs that come right
for her!
Anya leaps to another branch, which also
turns into a snake.
She jolts backward and begins to
fall ... toward a HUNDRED
YELLOW EYES, FIFTY BLOOD RED MOUTHS AND
THOUSANDS OF SHARP
TEETH. As Anya falls, she lets out a
SILENT SCREAM.
A BURST OF SUNLIGHT
as Anya lands in a field of soft GOLDEN
WHEAT. Unharmed
and very relieved, she stands and looks
around at the
beautiful sunny wheat field.
INT. CABIN
Reality. Anya's eyes are closed as she
smiles in her
sleep and sits up in bed. TINY WISPS of

smoke still
swirl around her head. As she gets out
of bed, she
unintentionally steps on Meetoo's tail,
waking him.
Meetoo watches as the sleeping Anya
opens the cabin door
and walks out.
Meetoo rises to follow Anya but the ship
pitches, sending
him sliding across the cabin floor.
EXT. DECK - NIGHT
Anya walks out on the deck, the ship
pitching violently
in the storm, as she smiles.
IN HER DREAM
Anya is walking through the wheat field
to the edge of
a BLUFF. A few yards below the bluff,
Anya sees a beautiful
little pond where a FAMILY frolic's in
the clear water;
laughing, splashing, swiming happily.
Anya climbs over a

low flowering wall to look closer.


PULL BACK
REALITY: Anya has climbed over the
railing of the deck
and is looking into the black ocean...
smiling.
DISSOLVE TO:
A SMOKY IMAGE OF THE SAME SCENE
It's RASPUTIN'S POV as he watches his
plan unfold in the
reliquary.
INT. CABIN
Meetoo finally rights himself from his
slide across the
floor and begins to bark into Dmitri's
ear.
EXT. DECK
Anya is waving happily at the dangerous
water.

IN HER DREAM
Anya is waving to the FAMILY. They turn
around toward
her and she sees that it's the ROMONOV
FAMILY, from
the frieze that she saw in the palace.
She is delighted
to see them as she feels a distance
recollection of who
they are to her.
INT. CABIN
Meetoo jumps up and NIPS at Dmitri's
hand. Dmitri leaps
up with an "owwww!" and looks over at
the excited Meetoo.
DMITRI
If you have to go - wake her..
Dmitri looks over to Anya's bed - she
isn't sits up and
throws his legs over the side
EXT. DECK
Anya is standing right on the edge of

death...
IN HER DREAM
She isn't there. He of his bed.
the FAMILY is
waves for her
jump into the
Anya nods and
moves to jump

waving to her. NICHOLAS


to
clear pond and join them.
in...

EXT. DECK
Anya gets ready to jump into the violent
and icy black
waves. She takes one step out when...
DMITRI GRABS HER
SHOULDERS.
Anya JOLTS awake from her dream.
Confused at first,
then terrified to see what almost
happened to her.
isn't lifts her to the other side of the
railing
and looks at her.
DMITRI

What were you doing?!


Anya puts her hands to her mouth in
shock, shaking
and almost crying with fear, she throws
her arms
around Dmitri and holds him tightly.
Dmitri is surprised at first, but
tightens his arms
around her.
DMITRI (CONT.)
It's okay now - I've got you.
You're safe...
They stand steady on the deck in a tight
embrace,
their feelings for each other are
stronger than the storm.
DISSOLVE TO:
THE SAME, as seen through the reliquary
Rasputin watches ... seething quietly,
as Bartok peeks
meekly over his shoulder.

BARTOK
Boy, don't you hate it when
that happens?
RASPUTIN
(controlling)
She leads a charmed life, that
little one ... Someone is always
there to save her. In the palace
as a child, on the train and now
... it's him.
Rasputin studies Dmitri in the reliquary
- Dmitri and
Anya still in a warm embrace.
BARTOK
Nice looking fellow. I mean,
don't get me wrong - I'm not
attracted to him in the physical
sense, I just ...
But Rasputin's not interested, he stares
into the
reliquary and speaks directly to it.
RASPUTIN
You are toying with me, aren't
you? You let me get so close...

The reliquary, as if in answer, seem to


be chuckling.
Rasputin smiles and joins in with it.
RASPUTIN (CONT.)
Bartok ... have you ever been to Paris?
BARTOK
Me? No. Rich food - it kills me.
Ever try and fly after one of
those heavy sauces?
Rasputin returns the reliquary to its
cabinet.
RASPUTIN
We are going to Paris - and while
we're there, let's kill the young
man. He annoys me.
EXT. BOAT DOCK (LA HAVRE) - DAY
As Anya walks down the plank her dress
gets caught
on a nail. Dmitri is walking toward her
as she yanks her
dress free and accidentally punches him
in the stomach.

Dmitri takes it like a man.


ANYA
Oh! I'm sorry...
DMITRI
It's okay. Didn't hurt..
Vlad has been watching as he walks down
the plank
with Meetoo - they exchange an "oh boy"
look, both
noticing that clearly something is
different between
Anya and Dmitri. Anya catches something
out of the
corner of eye and turns quickly.
CLOSE ON a sign: "Paris 30 kilometers"
Anya walks away from Dmitri and over to
the sign
and looks at it longingly.
ANYA
(to herself)
I'm almost there... I'm finally
going to know...

AT THE OTHER END OF THE DOCK


Vladimir stares into his purse,
depressed.
DMITRI
How is our current financial status?
VLADIMIR
If I used the word "bleak" I would
be optimistic.
As he says this the ELDERLY DOWAGER from
the ship
passes by with her TWO OBNOXIOUS PUG
DOGS. Meetoo
growls as Vlad and Dmitri get an idea.
VLADIMIR (CONT.)
The "Odessa Dunk"?
DMITRI
It worked in Odessa...
Vladimir picks up Meetoo and whispers
instructions.
Meetoo likes the plan.
NEW ANGLE

as Meetoo races past the PUGS. They


ignore him, so he
stops and makes a face, giving them a
sloppy "razzberry",
which piques them a little. Meetoo then
bends over and
waves his furry little butt at them. Now
the PUGS are
offended and TAKE OFF after him, yapping
all the way.
Meetoo turns and scrambles with the Pugs
in hot pursuit.
As they get closer, Meetoo SUDDENLY
STOPS and the Pugs
go FLYING OFF they edge of the dock and
into the water
below. Meetoo looks over the edge and
gives them a 'Boy,
are you guys morons look as the ELDERLY
DOWAGER runs
up screaming.
ELDERLY DOWAGER
Help! My little dogs! Chevalier!
Maurice!
Hold on, darlings!

Dmitri comes running up, a little too


gallant.
DMITRI
I'll save them, Madame
Dmitri dives into the water as Vlad
rushes up behind
the Elderly Dowager. Anya watches from a
distance as
Dmitri climbs out of the water carrying
the soaked
(and pissed) Pugs.
VLADIMIR
Such bravery! Why, that man should
be rewarded! Amply rewarded!
MINUTES LATER
Dmitri hands Vlad a pile of FRANCS as
Anya approaches.
ANYA
That was really very kind of you.
She gives him a kiss on the cheek and
walks away with
Meetoo, who turns back and gives Dmitri

a look. A
little guilty, Dmitri turns to Vlad.
VLADIMIR
I won't say a word...
EXT. GRAND OPEN CAR - DAY
Traveling is style! Vladimir is driving
- badly - with
Meetoo in the front seat. Meetoo covers
his eyes. Dmitri
and Anya are in the open back seat,
enjoying the beautiful
French countryside.
Dmitri looks over at Anya.
DMITRI
Nervous?
ANYA
Yes - If I can't convince Sophie,
I'll never be able to see Tatiana....
DMITRI
You'll convince her. You have the
qualities of a princess you're
poised and strong... and beautiful

... even if you forget a couple


dates of family names - she'll know.
Anya smiles at Dmitri, knowing that all
the confidence
she has is because of him. She takes his
hand but
looks away.
EXT. TATIANA'S PARIS HOUSE - DAY
They pull up in front of the beautiful
white house.
Anya is nervous as Vladimir walks up to
the front door
ahead of Dmitri and Anya. Vladimir
knocks. Sophie
answers the door.
She moves with grace and regal poise.
VLADIMIR
May I present her Royal
Highness Princess Anastasia!
SOPHIE
Oh good! We haven't seen an
Anastasia in several days!

Anya looks to Dmitri, a little confused


by that last
comment. Dmitri makes a little "she's
slightly crazy"
signal.
They all leap to avoid her butt as she
bustles into
the house.
INT. DRAWING ROOM - DAY
Sophie, flanked by her sisters, sits at
a table. Anya,
looking nervous but poised, sits across
while Dmitri and
Vladimir hover nervously at the far end
of the room.
Sophie's PAT CAT, TILLIE, attempts to
cuddle up next to
Meetoo, who wants nothing to do with
her.
SOPHIE
I'd just like to ask you a
few questions, dear...
Sophie opens a huge book that SLAMS

open. Vlad and


Dmitri jump.
ANYA
Of course.
SOPHIE
Where were you born?
SCENE CONTINUES MOS
TIME LAPSE MONTAGE
Dmitri watches Anya answer questions
gracefully and
without hesitating. Anya smiles as her
answers begin
to surprise Sophie.
DMITRI (V.0.)
The real Anastasia couldn't have
grown up to be lovelier.
Sophie and the sisters look tired.
Sophie has her last
question.
SOPHIE

(almost giggling)
This is the hard one ... what rare
treat was served on the night of
the Three Hundredth Anniversary of
the Romanov Dynasty? The last ball
they ever had?
Dmitri and Vladimir exchange a nervous
look. It's
obvious they never briefed Anya on this
one.
Anya thinks a moment, then looks up,
smiling, as
she remembers ...
ANYA
Father had fresh tropical fruits
sent in. Oranges and pineapples
from the far east. I remember ...
I remember I threw an orange to a
young boy who was hiding under a
table...
Dmitri is shocked. He know this is
Anastasia Romonov
and he can't believe it.
SOPHIE

(shocked)
Yes ... yes, it was fresh fruit.
Well, maybe not "fresh" Estelle
got one rather brown banana but ...
CLOSE ON
Dmitri, as he stares at Anya as Sophie
prattles on.
MINUTES LATER
Anya sits near the window, stroking
Tillie ...
much to the consternation of a jealous
Meetoo.,
She looks out the window and sees
Dmitri, deep
in thought, wandering in the garden.
OUT OF HER EARSHOT at the other end of
the room,
Vladimir speaks to Sophie.
VLADIMIR
Are you impressed with our Anastasia?
SOPHIE
Oh, heavens - I must say, yes.

VLADIMIR
Then, you'll take her to see
Tatiana?
SOPHIE
Oh, heavens I must say... no, no
actually, I can't - Tatiana has
refused to see any more girls.
VLADIMIR
Perhaps you could convince her?
SOPHIE
Oh, heavens, no... but ...
(Vlad-leans closer as
Sophie shares a
naughty secret)
She is going to be at the
Ballet Russe tonight! That's
the Russian Ballet - Russe for
Russian, oh those crazy
French... they only go to see
which dancers will defect.
She rises heading towards Anya. Her butt
knocks over
a vase, which Vladimir deftly catches.

SOPHIE
Come my dear, we've much to
talk about.
EXT. GARDEN
Vladimir has finished giving Dmitri the
details.
Both are ecstatic.
VLADIMIR
We did it! We did it, my boy! We're
going to see Tatiana at the ballet
tonight and we're going to be rich!
Rich!
DMITRI
But it's not the money, Vlad.
VLADIMIR
(shocked)
Are you feeling all right?
ANYA (CONT.)
(deeply grateful)
But you never doubted who I was,
did you, Dmitri? Not for a second ...
Anya gratefully kisses Dmitri an the

cheek and
runs into the house. Vladimir, who's
been watching,
has a warning.
VLADIMIR
Life is funny, isn't it. You find
the right girl ... and then you
lose her.
DMITRI
What do you mean?
VLADIMIR
Dmitri ... You must understand that
once you take her to Tatiana... well,
it's over... nothing can happen between
you. She's a princess and you're a
commoner.
Dmitri understands this and is
devastated. Vladimir pats
him on the back as he walks into the
house.
MUSIC BEGINS: BRIGHT, EXCITING, PARIS IN
THE TWENTIES
Anya and Dmitri, followed by Vlad and

Sophie are walking


down the Champs Elysees. Meetoo trots
along after them,
happily. They walk by AN ACCORDION
PLAYER and a LADY FLOWER
SELLER, who watch them and whisper to
each other.
ACCORDION PLAYER
Lovers!
FLOWER SELLER
Ooh la la!
<U>"PARIS HOLDS THE KEY TO YOUR HEART"
(PRODUCTION NUMBER)
In UPTEMPO "PARIS IN THE TWENTIES style
MUSIC, the people of
Paris ALL SING, welcoming Anya and
Dmitri, Sophie and Vlad,
to Paris!
The foursome explores the city and Anya
has the
happiest day of her young life. On the
streets they
encounter the motley denizens of Paris,
as well as

people with very familiar faces -- for


anyone in the
audience in the know, they'll see
Josephine Baker,
Maurice Chevalier, Rodin, Gertrude
Stein, Freud,
Lindbergh - people who were in Paris in
the twenties..
For those in the audience who don't
recognize them,
they'll simply be unidentified
fascinating "types" who SING.
As the joyous number progresses, we
realize that Dmitri
is feeling something else -- the
impending loss of Anya
to a world where she clearly is at home.
He SINGS for a
short moment, knowing that he's about to
lose her. Anya
visits a couturier and comes out with a
big dress box
for her evening at the ballet. A BIG
FINALE as they go
off for the evening. Even Meetoo has
found some female
poodle companionship. But for one last
beat, Dmitri's

wistfulness cuts against joy.


END MUSICAL NUMBER</U>
EXT. PARIS SKYLINE - DUSK
A glorious sunset over the city of
lights ...
PAN DOWN
to the "other side of the tracks, a run
down area
next to the Seine River. Rasputin's
wagon is
parked on the edge.
INT. RASPUTIN'S WAGON
Bartok freshens himself up in front of
the mirror as he
BARTOK
(singing, a cappella)
PARSE HOLDS THE KEY TO MY HEART
FRENCH- BAT- CHICKS HANG OUT AT
MONTMARTRE
WE'LL EAT SOME IN-SECTS

THEN GO BACK AND HAVE -RASPUTIN (O.C.)


(cutting him off)
Shut up!
NEW ANGLE
showing Rasputin trying to concentrate
on the reliquary.
BARTOK
Sorry, it's just... you know I saw these
french postcards once and... ooh la
la ...
well, I'm not sure about the "ooh", but
it's the "la la" I'm really lookin'
forward to...
(Rasputin growls)
Right, I'm shutting up.
Rasputin leans closer to the reliquary,
which now contains
the BRIGHTEST COLORS we've seen. The
reliquary sits in
it's cabinet.
RASPUTIN
We're close to her, aren't we?

The reliquary BRIGHTENS even more,


looking as if it could
burst.
RASPUTIN (CONT.)
Excited, eh? You look about to burst ...
(teasing)
You'd like to burst, wouldn't you?
The lightsin the reliquary shake, as if
to say "yes".
RASPUTIN (CONT.)
No, no, no. We made a bargain.
(petting it)
Someday you'll have me for all eternity.
Till then...
(leaning closer)
I'm in charge.
Rasputin slams the cabinet shut, then
turns to see Bartok
in front of a mirror. He wears a smart
BLACK BERET which
is much too large on him.
BARTOK
What do you think? Is it me?

EXT. SMALL HOTEL - NIGHT


Sweet, small french hotel on a winding
cobble stone street
of the Left Bank.
INT. SMALL HOTEL - NIGHT
Dmitri and Vladimir are both dressed in
formal attire and
look extremely dapper. Vlad is delighted
with himself,
modeling his finery, but Dmitri looks
very sad.
VLADIMIR
Compliments of Sophie. Her escort
has to look his best.
They turn as the door opens and Anya
stands nervously,
but then strikes a regal pose. She looks
magnificent ...
radiant, which is not lost on Dmitri.
ANYA
How do I look?

Before Vladimir can gush, Dmitri, forced


to repress his
true feelings, is a bit curt and rises.
DMITRI
Fine. We better go.
Anya looks surprised by his tone, but
follows.
EXT. PARIS OPERA HOUSE - NIGHT
As the BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE OF PARIS pull up
in carriages and
automobiles.
INT. PARIS OPERA HOUSE
As Dmitri, Vladimir and Anya take their
seats, all around
them people are whispering "Who's
that?", "What a beautiful
woman", etc. The Ballet begins.
ANYA'S POV
Dancers in bright costumes leap across
the stage.

Dmitri turns to Anya and gestures to the


box seats to the
left. He hands her the opera glasses.
DMITRI
Look. There is your grandmother...
Anya gives Dmitri a very nervous look
and takes the glasses,
aiming them toward Tatiana.
ANYA'S POV
The majestic Tatiana, flanked by Sophie
and her sisters and
backed by several large GUARDS in
uniform.
ANYA
She's so beautiful! I do remember
her ... I remember her ...
The music continues as Anya looks at
Tatiana.
INTERMISSION
The lights come up and people around

them begin to stand


up, stretch, etc. Dmitri turns to Anya.
DMITRI
Come on. It's time..
INT. MEZZANINE -- MINUTES LATER
They approach Tatiana's private box.
DMITRI Wait here for just a moment. I'll
go in first and
prepare her. It's bound to be a shock...
ANYA
I'm so scared...
DMITRI
Don't be
ANYA
And grateful. To you.
(reaching out to him)
If it weren't for you -DMITRI
(upset, pulling away)
I know.

Dmitri opens the door into Tatiana's


private box. Anya
waits nervously outside.
INT. PRIVATE BOX
Dmitri walks up to the guards standing
at the top of three
small steps into the box seats.
DMITRI
I need to speak with the
Dowager Empress ...
[PAGE MISSING]
TATIANA (CONT.)
How much pain will you inflict
on an old woman for money?!
DMITRI
Please, if you'd just listen...
TATIANA
(to guards)
Remove him at once.
The guards physically force Dmitri out,

in spite of his
urgent pleas.
DMITRI
Please! Empress! It's not what you ....
Dmitri is thrown out of the box and
straight into Anya,
who stares at him with tears in her
eyes. She then turns
and runs away.
DMITRI
Anya. . . please. . .
INT. LOBBY
Anya pushes her way through the CROWD
with Dmitri in pursuit.
EXT. OPERA HOUSE - NIGHT
Anya bursts out of the doors followed by
Dmitri
DMITRI
Anya, wait!
ANYA

(spinning on him)
Tell me it isn't true?! Tell me
you didn't do this for the money!
DMITRI
No! Well, yes, but
ANYA
No! I thought you believed in
me! It was all a lie!
EXT. PARIS OPERA
Dmitri runs out and stands by grand
looking automobiles
lined up in front. He scans the cars.
DMITRI'S POV
Tatiana is walking toward her car. A
very proper CHAUFFEUR
holds the door for her.
The CHAUFFEUR helps Tatiana in, then is
about to climb
into the front seat when Dmitri rushes
up to him.
DMITRI

Sir! Your rear tire is flat!


CHAUFFEUR
it is?
As he gets out to look, Dmitri slides
into the drivers
seat and roars away. The stunned
Chauffeur in his dust.
INT. CAR
Tatiana is jolted by the fast motion of
her car.
TATIANA
Ulo! Slow down!
Dmitri turns from the front seat and
looks at her.
DMITRI
I'm not Ulo and I won't slow down.
But you will listen to me!
TATIANA
(recognizing Dmitri)
You! How dare you?! Stop this car
immediately!

EXT. PARIS STREETS


Tatiana's car flying down small streets.
INT. TATIANA'S CAR
TATIANA
Stop this car!

The car slams to. a stop in front of the


SMALL HOTEL.
Dmitri leans into the back seat, faceto-face with her.
DMITRI
Please don't be afraid! I'm sorry,
but there was no other way!
Tatiana is frightened, but still very
stubborn. She looks
away from him. Dmitri thrusts the music
box into her hands.
DMITRI (CONT.)
Look at this!

Tatiana looks down and is immediately


taken aback.
TATIANA
Anastasia's music box... She had this
all these years...
(fighting the possibility)
You could have found it...
DMITRI
What I <U>found</U>your was your
granddaughter!
Tatiana turns away from him again.
DMITRI (CONT.)
You were right - it <U>was</U> a lie.
My intention was to fool you
(sadly)
I am a liar - but I found the
truth. Just see her! I swear
if you see her I'll disappear
forever
Dmitri points up to the open window of
the hotel.
DMITRI (CONT.)
Just look! Just look at her!

Tatiana finally looks out the window.


TATIANA'S POV
Anya holding Meetoo in front of the
window.
BACK TO TATIANA
reacting to how much she looks like
Anastasia.
INT. SMALL HOTEL -- A MINUTE LATER
Anya hears a KNOCK and assumes it is
Dmitri.
ANYA
Go away!
The door opens slowly. Anya spins, then
softens when she
sees Tatiana holding the MUSIC BOX.
TATIANA
Who are you, child?
ANYA

(crying)
I don't know! I don't want to hurt
you...
Tatiana holds out the music box.
TATIANA
Do you remember this?
ANYA
I remember something lost ...
I'm so confused! Oh, please,
just tell me if you recognize me!
Do you think I could have...
belonged to you ...
Tatiana notices Anya nervously playing
with the key around
her neck. Tatiana reacts when she sees
the key.
TATIANA
Oh! Where did you get that?!
Anya sees her looking at the key around
her neck.
ANYA
I've always had it... I came here

because of this! Tell me if you


recognize
it! Please! It's all I have...
<U>UNDERSCORE- "THE MUSIC BOX THEME"</U>
Tatiana holds out her hands as Anya
takes off the key
and hands it to her.
TATIANA
(through tears)
It was hers ... my Anastasia's ...
(then suddenly: angry,
defensive)
If this is part of your scheme!
If you found it or stole - I
don't care, I'll give you
whatever you want just TELL ME
THE TRUTH!
Anya takes the music box and the key out
of Tatiana's
hand gently - remembering how it works.
Anya puts in the
key and begins to wind it. Tatiana is
surprised that Anya
knows how it works - so is Anya!

TATIANA (CONT.)
(singing, a cappella)
PAR AWAY, LONG AGO GLOWING DEEP
AS AN EMBER
ANYA
(remembering)
THINGS MY HEAR USED TO KNOW
THINGS IT YEARS TO REMEMBER
We hear THE MUSIC BOX begin to play.
BOTH
AND A SONG SOMEONE SINGS
ONCE UPON A DECEMBER...
Their cracking voices trail off as they
look at each other
and know that they are who they've been
searching for and the search is finally over.
Tatiana and Anya throw their arms around
each other, both
crying, both overjoyed.
TATIANA Anastasia! Anastasia! You've
come home at last!
You've come home ...

OUTSIDE THE WINDOW


Dmitri watches Anya and Tatiana's
embrace. He smiles sadly,
then turns and walks down the dark
street alone.
EXT. ANYA'S WINDOW
Bartok slides his way out to the window
ledge. Overcome with
emotion, he is crying big bat tears.
BARTOK
He is gonna yellllll.
EXT. RASPUTIN'S WAGON - NIGHT
Hideous fat river rats, ferocious
looking and scarred,
stop and tremble nervously when
RASPUTIN (O.C.)
(booming louder than ever before)
SHE'LL FIND HER DEMISE IN THAT HAPPY
HOME!
Bartok catapults across the frame,

having been thrown out


of the window so hard that when he hits
the stone wall of
the river bank, the stones crack.
BARTOK
I should have been a dentist ...
INT. ANYA'S BEDROOM IN TATIANA'S HOUSE NIGHT
Anya snuggles down into the thick covers
as Tatiana
strokes her hair gently.
ANYA
... and that Christmas dinner,
when Cook made that awful plum
pudding and we hid it in our
pockets so we wouldn't hurt her
feelings! I do remember so much
now, Grandmama, - but not everything.
TATIANA
Don't worry about that now, child,
it will all come back to you now
that you're home...
Anya closes her eyes as Tatiana

continues to stroke her hair.


TATIANA (CONT.)
(quietly)
My poor child you're safe, now...
you're home ...
Anya is asleep as Tatiana kisses her
forehead, turns off
the light and walks to the door. She
looks back on her
sleeping granddaughter with enormous joy
and gratitude.
She smiles to herself as she pulls the
door closed
behind her, revealing RASPUTIN STANDING
BEHIND THE DOOR.
His eyes glow like embers in the dark.
Bartok is perched
on his shoulder.
RASPUTIN
Yesss ... finally "home". And what
a charming ... girlish little home
it is.
(gestures to CHERUBS
in the wallpaper)
Look, Bartok, little angels, the
symbol of ... love. So sweet, so

harmless.
Rasputin takes the reliquary from around
his waist and
places it on the table.
RASPUTIN (CONT.)
Let's go for a touch of irony, shall we?
He waves his hand and the smoke emerges,
emanating toward
the walls.
CLOSE ON
some CHERUBS as the smoke hits them.
They begin to change,
taking on a lean and evil look. Their
tiny arrows grow,
becoming lethal, as their eyes turn from
soft brown to
blood red. Slowly, they EMERGE from the
wallpaper, their
small wings growing into horrible
pterodactyl membranous
paired appendages.
They SWOOP into flight and begin to
circle the room, faster

and faster. Rasputin leans precariously


over the sleeping
Anya, chuckling.
RASPUTIN (CONT.)
And there will be no blood on my
hands ...
Rasputin backs away as the cherubs aim
their JAGGED ARROWS
at Anya.
Suddenly, Meetoo leaps up from the bed,
barking. Rasputin,
startled, jumps backward. Bartok falls
off his shoulder and
on to the table, knocking into the
reliquary - which is about
to fall.
RASPUTIN (CONT.)
Nooooooo!
Rasputin catches it. The SPELL is
immediately broken and
everything turns back to normal just as
Anya wakes up. She
sees Rasputin and lets out a SCREAM.

Rasputin advances on her, his hands


outstretched as if to
strangle her when he hears footsteps and
voices in the hallway.
Rasputin grabs the reliquary and LEAPS
out the window, his
monk's robe billowing just as the door
opens.
Tatiana rushes in and sees Bartok flying
out the window.
TATIANA
Anastasia! It was just a bat!
It's gone, dear...
ANYA
(shaken)
No, it wasn't a bat! I saw this
horrible man - I remember him,
I think...
TATIANA
(comforting)
No, no child... shush... it's
all right ...
She embraces Anya, who is still

terrified and knows


that she saw what she saw.
INT. TATIANA'S HOUSE - DAY
Anya sits, looking a bit vacant as two
overly French
jewelers, PIERRE & ANDRE, fit Anya for
her ROYAL CROWN.
Tatiana sits across from Anya and can't
help but notice
that Anya looks miserable as Sophie
bustles about.
SOPHIE
A grand ball for the Princess.
How very exciting. So much to do,
so little time...
TATIANA
(slightly annoyed)
Do it somewhere else, please. Quietly.
The slight is lost on Sophie who bustles
out talking to herself.
SOPHIE
Caterers ... invitations ... saber

dancers! We must have saber dancers!


<u>"RULERS OF RUSSIA" (COMIC REPRISE)
Sophie SINGS as COMIC REPRISE of 'RULERS
OF RUSSIA"</u>
Pierre and Andre argue as they fit Anya
for the crown.
PIERRE
Her head it is ... how you say?
ANDRE
Beeg. Zat is how you say it.
Beeg.
PIERRE
And the crown she is ... how you say?
ANDRE
Small! Zat is "how you say" it!
Don't be so French, Pierre wit the
"how you say" all za time - zat is
really annoying.
As they discuss this, Anya wanders away
from them, the crown
still slightly askew on her head.

Tatiana follows her.


TATIANA
You are going to make a beautiful
princess.
But Anya simply nods. Tatiana turns her
towards a FULL LENGTH
MIRROR, then straightens the crown as
they look at their
reflections.
TATIANA
Lovely...
(no reaction)
What troubles you, child?
But before Anya can answer, Vladimir
leans into the room.
VLADIMIR
Madame, your... eh... guest has
arrived.
TATIANA
(knowing)
Thank you, Vladimir.,
Tatiana leaves and Vladimir looks at

Anya. Anya, angry


at him, turns away.
VLADIMIR
Anya... Anastasia... I'm sorry ...
We didn't mean to hurt you ...
Anya still won't look at him.
INT. TATIANA'S STUDY
Tatiana walks into her study and is
happy to see Dmitri
is standing there, looking nervous and
very uncomfortable.
TATIANA
I sent for you because I owe you a
debt of gratitude larger than I can
ever repay
DMITRI
No. Empress, you -TATIANA
I want you to have the reward money you've earned it.
He leaps from his chair, exploding with

emotion.
DMITRI
Empress, no! I will not take the
money! I just came to tell you
I was sorry...
TATIANA
Young man, I...
Dmitri flips his hair out of his eyes
and Tatiana gets
a look of recognition across her face.
DMITRI
... and I'm going to keep my
promise to stay out of your
lives, forever.
Tatiana looks at him with great
understanding and affection
as she realizes,
TATIANA
You are the boy ...
DMITRI
(uncomfortable)
I should go

TATIANA
That last night in the palace...
one boy showed us kindness and courage.
You were the boy who saved our lives,
weren't you?
(Dmitri doesn't answer)
Please, is there nothing I can do to
repay you?
DMITRI
Promise me she'll have her home.
TATIANA
She does.
DMITRI
And tell me that she's happy.
TATIANA
Oh, Dmitri.I wish that I could.
Dmitri comes down the steps, then stops
when he sees Anya,
wearing her CROWN.
She turns and sees him, stifling her
first impulse, then
putting on a show of supreme confidence.

DMITRI
I'm glad you found what you
were looking for.
ANYA
I'm glad you did too.
With nothing left to say, he heads for
the door.
ANYA
Enjoy your fortune.
Dmitri spins, but restrains. He opens
the door and
Anya goes back into the Parlor. They
both know that
they will never see each other again.
INT. LITTLE HOTEL - DAY
Dmitri busily tosses his few possessions
into his
backpack as Vladimir - in formal attire
- waves an
embossed INVITATION at him.
VLADIMIR

But this invitation came


from the Empress herself!
It's the social event of
the decade! You can't turn
it down!
DMITRI
Watch me.
Vladimir starts to protest. Dmitri grabs
the invitation
and tears it up, tossing the pieces into
the air.
Vladimir sighs.
VLADIMIR
So where will you go?
DMITRI
She found her home.
Maybe it's time I found
one too!
NEW POV
from outside the window. WE DO NOT HEAR
THEM, but we
see Vlad and Dmitri hug good-bye.

PULL RACK
to see it's RASPUTIN'S POV; as he stands
on a LADDER
OF SMOKE, looking into Dmitri's window.
Rasputin watches
Vladimir leave as Dmitri finishes
packing.
INT. DMITRI'S ROOM
As the windows BURST OPEN and Rasputin
swoops in. Dmitri
backs away, terrified as the ladder
dissolves and smoke
fills the room.
RASPUTIN
So. You don't want to go to
the coronation, eh?
DMITRI
(recognizing him)
Rasputin!
RASPUTIN
I know, I know ... you thought I
was dead. That's how the history
books will remember me - not as

the ruler of all of Russia,


which I SHOULD HAVE BEEN but as the guy who was never
dead when you expected him to be.
Dmitri backs away as the smoke coils
around him and
Rasputin advances.
DMITRI
What do you want?!
RASPUTIN
The same thing I wanted ten
years ago - all the Romonovs dead
I got the others, now I have
to finish up with that nuisance,
Anastasia...
DMITRI
You're insane! You didn't
kill the Romonovs - it
was the...
RASPUTIN
STOP IT! I DID SO KILL THEM!
And I'm going to kill Anastasia.
Dmitri lunges for him but the smoke

coils around
him like rope, holding him back.
RASPUTIN (CONT.)
Look at me...
(Dmitri turns away)
Look at me!
The SMOKE forms into hands, forcing
Dmitri's face
toward Rasputin's. Dmitri's eyes widen.
Rasputin
locks on him with his eyes, glowing like
red hot
coals, as he bears Dmitri in
hypnotically.
RASPUTIN (CONT.)
You are going to help me
kill her... You are going
to help me kill her...
her...
ON BARTOK
who looks away, obviously not enjoying
this.
As WE HEAR Rasputin repeat "You are
going to

help me" a few more times.


EXT. EIFFEL TOWER - NIGHT
Magnificently, the Eiffel Tower
illuminates all of
Paris when FLOOD LIGHTS come on and we
see a LARGE
PARTY has been set underneath it's black
iron legs.
WE HEM TRUMPETS as we
MOVE IN CLOSER
to see that a stage has been set up on
the north side,
the "Seine side". of the Tower, with a
large throne-like
chair in the center. Beautiful PARTY
GUESTS, many we
had seen in the opening Ballroom scene,
mingle around
excitedly. Behind the stage, a beautiful
curtain separates
the party from
INT. BEHIND THE CURTAIN
the Princess Anastasia, in crown and

full coronation gown.


Anastasia fidgets nervously, looking for
the key around
her neck, then remembering it isn't
there anymore, as a
MAJOR RUSSIAN DOMO addresses her and
Tatiana.
MAJOR DOMO
... then as I say "Her Serene Highness
Princess Anastasia" you, your Highness,
should walk out on to the stage and
greet your ...
Tatiana sees that Anastasia isn't
listening and dismisses
the Major Domo in mid sentence.
TATIANA
I believe her highness understands
what she has to do.
Major Domo bows and leaves. Tatiana
looks at Anastasia.
TATIANA (CONT.)
Don't you, child?
ANYA

Oh, yes, Grandmama I wait until I hear...


TATIANA
No, not about the ceremony,
Anastasia - do you understand
the choice you must make.
Anya turns to her in confusion.
ANYA
There's no choice...
Anya is cut off with a quick knock at
the door,
as Sophie and Vladimir enter, bowing to
them both.
Vladimir has Meetoo, all dressed up in
bows and
ribbons - and looking miserable - on a
leash.
VLADIMIR
(to Tatiana)
Your "guest" is unable to attend.
Tatiana is troubled by this news. Anya
starts
laughing when she sees Meetoo.

ANYA
Oh, Meetoo! You look miserable!
Oh, Vlad - look at him!
VLADIMIR
(formally)
Yes, your highness.
ANYA
Poor Meetoo!
VLADIMIR
(formally)
Yes, your highness.
ANYA
Cut it out, Vlad! I'm not
angry with you anymore I know how much you needed
the money.
TATIANA
But they didn't take the money either one of them. I offered it
to them, but they both refused.
Anya is shocked, she takes a minute to
process this as

ANYA
Dmitri didn't want the money?
TATIANA
No, he just wanted to know
you were happy.
VLADIMIR
(taking Sophie's hand)
Fortunately, I am to be married.
(backing away)
With your highness, permission.
ANYA
Vlad, stop acting this way!
You're my friend!
VLADIMIR
No. From now on I am your
loyal subject ... your
highness. By your leave?
To Anya's dismay, Vlad and Sophie bow
and back out of the room.
ANYA
Why does everyone have to
act that way?

TATIANA
You'll have to become used
to it, child, if you accept
the crown...
ANYA
"If" I accept?! Of course
I'm going to accept! it's
what I always wanted!
TATIANA
Is it? Is this what you want?
Tatiana gestures to the formality
outside.
ANYA
I wanted to come home,
Grandmama - and I did.
I came back to my home
with you.
TATIANA
You can't go back to find your
home. Your home is in your heart,
in the future that you make for
yourself.

ANYA
And this is my future. This is
who I am!
TATIANA
This is who you were. Exactly
who you are is up to you.
ANYA
I don't know who I am!
I still don't know!
TATIANA
Yes, you do. You do.
Tatiana kisses her on the forehead.
TATIANA (CONT.)
And in your heart, you know what
is right for you.
Tatiana turns to leave.
ANYA
I've spent my whole
life waiting to find you ...
TATIANA

And we have found each other


nothing will ever change that!
I am your family, dear child,
but I may not be your home.
Tatiana leaves. Anya is very torn. Anya
jumps as
the TRUMPETS sound announcing her
entrance.
INT. BALLROOM - NIGHT
The COURTIERS gather, excited, as the
Major Domo
readies to make his announcement.
INT. ANTE ROOM (EIFFEL TOWER)
Anya, thinking about what Tatiana has
said, looks
at herself in the mirror.
ANYA'S POV
the Princess Anastasia. But not Anya.
MAJOR DOMO (O.C)
(announcing)
Her Serene Highness, the Princess

Anastasia!
Pause. WE HEAR mummers from the crowd
outside, various
"Where's Anastasia?", then
DMITRI (O.C.)
Anya!
Anya spins around, looking for him. His
voice seems
distant and ghostly,
DMITRI (O.C.)
Anya ...
Anya follows his voice out of the room
and into the
ELEVATOR. The doors close.
EXT. ELEVATOR
as it rises gently to the very top of
the Eiffel Tower
not on cables - but on long ropes of
smoke.
EXT. TOP OF EIFFEL TOWER

Rasputin, gleeful, sits perched on a


girder, looking down
at the party below.
RASPUTIN
Look, Bartok. Most of them were
there the night I made this curse.
Now, they'll get to see it finished!
(sighing, content)
Revenge is a dish best served... in
front of a larrrrrge audience!
Rasputin leans over the rail and looks
down at the party.
RASPUTIN (CONT.)
Do not despair. I'll make sure your
beloved princess drops in.
Rasputin chuckles at his own "wit"
BARTOK
(depressed)
Ahh, very witty. There's this
English guy - Noel Coward I'll bet he's quaking ...
ON THE ELEVATOR

As the door open and Anya rushes out,


looking around.
ANYA
Dmitri?
Dmitri is standing - like a zombie - at
the far end
of the platform. Anya sees him.
ANYA
Dmitri ... Grandmama told me.
She stops. She can tell that something
isn't right
with Dmitri by the look in his eyes.
ANYA
Dmitri, what's wrong?
Dmitri approaches her slowly, zombielike, arms
outstretched.
RASPUTIN
(from above)
Throw her off the edge! Do it!

Anya looks up at the booming voice.


ANYA'S POV
sees Rasputin.
BACK TO ANYA: FLASHES, RAPID IMAGES:
RASPUTIN from the last night at the
palace
YOUNG ANASTASIA - TERRIFIED
ORANGE flash of gunshots
YOUNG DMITRI leading them out the wall
panel, then the
Face of the YOUNG DMITRI superimposes
over the zombie who
is coming toward her.
ANYA
Dmitri ... Look at me!
It's Anya! It's ANYA!
Dmitri stops. His eyes glazed and
frightening.
ANYA

You saved my life in the


palace! You won't take
it now...
RASPUTIN
(from above)
FINISH HER!
Anya holds her ground as Dmitri moves
toward her,
ready to push her off the
edge.
ANYA
Dmitri. I know you would
never hurt me. You love me.
As Dmitri come close, she moves toward
him and
kisses him. He blinks and snaps out of
it and is
quite happy that Anya is kissing him.
ANYA
Dmitri?
DMITRI
Anya... where are we?

WE HEAR a howl from above and suddenly


Rasputin
jumps down. The reliquary tied to his
waist, he's
more furious than we've ever seen him his face
literally consumed with rage and hatred.
Anya is terrified - but holds her ground
as she did
when she was a child.
ANYA
I guess you aren't as
powerful as you thought!
Rasputin walks slowly toward Anya and
Dmitri, burning with rage.
RASPUTIN
I'll show you!
DMITRI
Run, Anya - go...
ANYA
I'm not leaving you!
RASPUTIN

Fighting for fair lady. How noble...


Dmitri pushes Anya away and charges the
much larger
Rasputin, who knocks his aside with on
swoop of big
huge arm.
RASPUTIN (CONT.)
And how pathetic.
Rasputin turns to Anya climbing up a
girder.
RASPUTIN (CONT.)
That's only going to make you
fall farther.
Anya turns suddenly and kicks Rasputin
in the face,
which has the same effect as kicking a
brick wall.
Anya is thrown off balance and falls.
Rasputin pushes
her with his foot and she slides across
the floor to
Dmitri.
Anya and Dmitri exchange a quick look as

Rasputin,
chuckling,
reaches up
Rasputin's
forward so
Dmitri can
punch.

advances on them. Anya


and grabs
beard, pulling his face
that
give him a good roundhouse

The blow does little but enrage


Rasputin. He reaches
out and with one huge hand, picks Anya
like a rag doll
and takes her to the ledge.
DMITRI
Anya!
Dmitri throws himself against Rasputin
several times
only to get batted away like a fly.
Realizing this is
futile, Dmitri slips through the FLOOR
GIRDERS and
scurries towards the edge... BELOW TEM.
DMITRI POV: Rasputin's large boots above
him, heading
for the edge.

ABOVE
Rasputin reaches the edge, playful
dangling the
struggling Anya over the side.
RASPUTIN
My curse is now complete!
Good-bye, babushka!
Anya looks over the ledge.
ANYA'S POV
The city below as she FALLS. Dmitri
emerges from the
grid below and GRASS her, holding on to
the back of
her dress.
DMITRI
Take my hand!
(sees Rasputin approaching)
Hurry!
She manages to spin around, gripping his
hand.
ANYA

Don't let me go!


DMITRI
I'll never let go!
CLOSE
their hands, gripping one another.
RASPUTIN (O.C.)
What a touching sentiment...
They look up to see his right above
them. Rasputin's
boot SMASHES DOWN on Dmitri's hand,
which grips the
girder.
Dmitri screams out in, but doesn't let
go. He
looks down at Anya and pulls her up
while Rasputin
begins to pry off Dmitri's fingers one
at a time.
RASPUTIN
This little piggy had a palace...
this little piggy had a throne...

Anya swings to another beam and now has


firm footing as
Rasputin continues.
RASPUTIN (CONT.)
This little piggy missed the firing
squad..
Dmitri is literally holding on with two
fingers.
RASPUTIN (CONT.)
And this little piggy wanted a home...
And this little piggy went wee wee
wee all the way... down!
As Dmitri's last finger is preyed away,
he falls but
his grasp on Anya's hand is firm and she
pulls him
onto where she is standing.
Rasputin leans over and bends toward
them, three feet
from Anya.
RASPUTIN (CONT.)
DIE!

The reliquary is dangling. Anya reaches


up to grab on to
it but her aim is off and she HITS it.
The reliquary flies
and SMASHES against the side of the
tower, shattering.
Rasputin realizes what has happened and
scrambles away
in terror.
RASPUTIN (CONT.)
NOOOOOOOOO!
ON BARTOK
who covers his eyes.
ON ANYA AND DMITRI
who climb back up to the platform.
LONG SHOT
of the Eiffel Tower as the EVIL SPIRITS
FROM THE
RELIQUARY burst out. The SPIRITS take on
all the forms
we've seen earlier: BEARS, MINIONS,

SNAKES, and
combinations of all. They grow and
swirl, with hideous
MOANING noises.
Anya and Dmitri huddle together, in
disbelief.
ON RASPUTIN
as the SPIRITS begin to swarm around
him, a TORNADO of
horrid beings. Re screams as they pull
him off the
ground.
ON ANYA AND DMITRI
as the force of the tornado increases,
they have to
hold on to the girders and each other in
order not to
be sucked in. Bartok is thrown against
the side of the
tower and slithers to the floor.
ON RASPUTIN
suspended over the Eiffel Tower in the

maelstrom. He
Screams wildly as the spirits encircle
his, torment
him and EXPLODE - pieces fly and
disintegrate in mid-air,
in wild colors and smoke.
ON DMITRI AND ANYA
who hug each other in relief. They
stand, looking out.
The smoke dissipates, showing them the
city lights below.
ON BARTOK
who rises, patting his chest- He's about
to let out
a Bartokism... but all the emerges are
LITTLE BAT SQUEAKS.
He's surprised as first, then thrilled.
The spell is
broken and he's just a bat again.
DMITRI AND ANYA
as he reaches down and picks up the
crown that fell off
her head in the fight. He hands it to

her.
DMITRI
Come on... I'll take you home.
Anya looks lovingly at Dmitri and
doesn't put the crown back on.
ANYA
I am home.
<U>"HONE IS WHERE YOU ARE"
(The Love Duet For Anya And Dmitri). A
SIMPLE EMOTIONAL
BALLAD for two people who realize at
last that their hearts
have led then to each other, to "home".
This will work within
the dramatic context of the film (sung
by the characters) but
can also be re-recorded as a Pop
single.</U>
The song continues over various scenes:
THE EMPTY STAGE
Tatiana smiling, knowingly.

SOPHIE & VLADIMIR


sneaking a kiss in the middle of the
party. Xenia and Estelle
look at each other with their stone
faces.. . and smile.
BARTOK
Hanging from the rafters of the Eiffel
Tower, no sure what
to do next - then a cute female bat
flies up next to his and
"bats" her eyes.
ANYA & DMITRI
walking over the River bridge with
Meetoo following behind
them... a family - going home together.
FADE OUT
THE END

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